Definition of foraminiferan in US English:

foraminiferan

noun & adjective

Zoology
  • See foraminifer

    • ‘If these sediments become cemented together, they form foraminiferan limestone that is exposed in cliffs and often creates overhanging ledges that provide excellent habitat for fish.’
    • ‘Tube walls have simple pores and are constructed of radiolarian and foraminiferan tests, sand grains and/or fragments of sponge spicules, connected by a cement of some kind.’
    • ‘For example, the pink sands of Bermuda get their color from the shells of a foraminiferan called Homotrema rubrum which has pink to red-colored shells.’
    • ‘These zooxanthellae may be found in many marine invertebrates, including sponges, corals, jellyfish, and flatworms, as well as within protists, such as ciliates, foraminiferans, and colonial radiolarians.’
    • ‘Thus, although mollusks and foraminiferans of the area have been studied extensively, additional collecting is necessary to fully describe the brachyuran fauna.’

Pronunciation

foraminiferan

/fəˌraməˈnifərən/