Volvox definition

vŏlvŏks, vôl-
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.
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Any of various one-celled flagellate freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox that form hollow mucilaginous spherical colonies of several hundred cells.
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Any of various one-celled flagellate freshwater green algae of the genus Volvox that form hollow mucilaginous spherical colonies of several hundred cells.
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(zoology) Any of the genus Volvox of chlorophytes.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Volvocaceae "” certain freshwater chlorophytes that form spherical colonies of up to 50,000 cells; found in ponds and ditches.
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Noun

Singular:
volvox
Plural:
volvoxes

Origin of volvox

  • New Latin Volvox genus name from Latin volvere to roll wel-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • New Latin, from Latin volvō (“roll").

    From Wiktionary

  • From the genus name.

    From Wiktionary