any of a genus (Volvox, family Volvocaceae) of multicellular, free-swimming, flagellated green algae whose cells form a pale-green globular colony that rolls about in the water
Origin of volvoxModern Latin ; from Classical Latin volvere, to roll (see walk) + -ox (as in atrox, fierce)
Any of various one-celled flagellate freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox that form hollow mucilaginous spherical colonies of several hundred cells.
Origin of volvoxNew Latin Volvox, genus name, from Latin volvere, to roll; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
From the genus name.
New Latin, from Latin volvÅ (“roll").