Heliozoan meaning

hē'lē-ə-zō'ən
Any of various aquatic, chiefly freshwater protozoans formerly classified in the class Heliozoa, characteristically having numerous spindlelike pseudopods that radiate from a central cell mass.
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Any of a class (Heliozoa) of chiefly freshwater protozoans with slender pseudopodia arranged as rays.
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Any of a group of aquatic protozoans, of the order Heliozoa, that have spherical bodies from which radiate spindlelike pseudopods.
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Origin of heliozoan

  • From New Latin Hēliozōa former class name helio– (from their shape) -zōa pl. of -zōon -zoon
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition