Radiolarian definition

rādē-ō-lârē-ən
Any of various marine protozoans of the order (or phylum) Radiolaria, having rigid siliceous skeletons and spicules.
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Any of several classes of one-celled deep-sea protozoans with long, slender pseudopodia and a spiny, or solid but perforated, skeleton of silica.
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Any of various marine protozoans of the group Radiolaria, having rigid skeletons usually made of silica. The skeletons are usually spherically symmetrical and structurally complex, containing elaborate patterns of perforations (through which pseudopods extend) and often spicules. Skeletal remains of radiolarians sink to form ooze on the ocean floor, and prehistoric radiolarian ooze has fossilized to become chert and flint.
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Any of many marine amoeboid protozoa, of subclass Radiolaria, having filamentous pseudopodia; they have intricate silica skeletons.
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Noun

Singular:
radiolarian
Plural:
radiolaria, radiolarians

Origin of radiolarian

  • From New Latin Radiolāria order name from Late Latin radiolus diminutive of Latin radius ray

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin radiolaria +"Ž -an

    From Wiktionary