One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the class Rhombifera, which comprises cystoid echinoderms having diamond-shaped arrangements of pores on the thecal plates.
A rhombiferan echinoderm.
1920s. From scientific Latin Rhombifera, earlier † Rhombiferi, class name (in K. A. von Zittel Handbuch der Palaeontologie I. 417, attributed to J. Müller; from scientific Latin rhombifer: see rhombifer) + -an.
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