radiolarian

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From New Latin radiolaria +‎ -an

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radiolarian (plural radiolaria or radiolarians)

  1. Any of many marine amoeboid protozoa, of subclass Radiolaria, having filamentous pseudopodia; they have intricate silica skeletons
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.188:
      Water wells inkblack in the streets repeating the polelamps in glozy rosettes that dish and slide in the wash like radiolarians pale with phosphorous on a midnight sea.

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