foram vs foraminifer what difference

what is difference between foram and foraminifer

English

Etymology

Shortening of foraminifer.

Noun

foram (plural forams)

  1. A foraminifer.

Portuguese

Alternative forms

  • forão (obsolete)
  • foraõ (obsolete)

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal, Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈfo.ɾɐ̃w̃/

Verb

foram

  1. Third-person plural (eles, elas, also used with vocês?) preterite indicative of ser
  2. Third-person plural (eles, elas, also used with vocês?) pluperfect indicative of ser
  3. Third-person plural (eles, elas, also used with vocês?) preterite indicative of ir
  4. Third-person plural (eles, elas, also used with vocês?) pluperfect indicative of ir


English

Etymology

Borrowed from French foraminifère (foraminifer), from French Foraminifères coined by the French naturalist Alcide d’Orbigny (1802–1857) in an 1826 article. Foraminifère is derived from Latin forāmina (apertures, holes) + -ifer (a variant of -fer (suffix meaning ‘bearing, carrying’), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (to bear, carry)), that is, “having holes”. Forāmina is the plural of forāmen (aperture or opening produced by boring; hole), from forō (to bore, pierce) (from Proto-Indo-European *bʰerH- (to pierce; to strike)) + -men (suffix forming neuter nouns of the third declension).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌfɒɹəˈmɪnɪfə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌfɔɹəˈmɪnəfɚ/
  • Hyphenation: for‧a‧min‧if‧er

Noun

foraminifer (plural foraminifers)

  1. Any of a large group of aquatic amoeboid protists of the subphylum Foraminifera, characterized by streaming granular ectoplasm that among other things is used for catching food, often with a calcareous shell with many holes through which pseudopodia protrude.
    Synonyms: foram, foraminifera, foraminiferan, foraminiferid, (both obsolete, now nonstandard) foraminiferon, foraminiferum

Usage notes

It has been suggested it is acceptable to use either foraminifer (plural foraminifers) or foraminifera (plural foraminifera or foraminiferas) as long as one form of the word and its plural(s) are used consistently throughout a text.

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Further reading

  • foraminifera on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Foraminifera on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • Foraminifera on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • foraminifer at OneLook Dictionary Search

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