Definition of volvox in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvälˌväks/ Pronunciation: /ˈvôl-/


A green, single-celled aquatic organism that forms minute, free-swimming spherical colonies.
  • Genus Volvox, division Chlorophyta (or phylum Chlorophyta, kingdom Protista).
Example sentences
  • One of the prettiest creatures you may catch sight of is a tumbling, crystalline, globe-shaped alga known as volvox.
  • And they grow baby volvoxes inside the sphere and, when they are big enough, the parent volvox opens and out comes the baby ready to begin life on its own.
  • We used a projection microscope to watch their movements, including the bursting of ‘daughter’ volvoxes from the parent sphere.


Modern Latin, from Latin volvere 'to roll'.

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Syllabification: vol·vox

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