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volvox

Syllabification: vol·vox
Pronunciation: /ˈvälˌväks, ˈvôl-
 
/

Definition of volvox in English:

noun

Biology
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.

Origin

modern Latin, from Latin volvere 'to roll'.

Words that rhyme with volvox

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