Share this entry
Rhizopoda Line breaks: Rhizo|poda
Pronunciation: /ˌrʌɪzəˈpəʊdə/

Definition of Rhizopoda in English:

plural noun

A phylum of single-celled animals which includes the amoebas and their relatives, which have extensible pseudopodia.
Example sentences
  • For a brief period before 1998, the clade soon to be called Cercozoa was referred to as Rhizopoda, as it included a large proportion of the species previously included in that form-taxon (specifically those bearing filose pseudopodia).
  • For convenience, earlier protist classifications placed all amoebae possessing lobose pseudopodia in the class Lobosea, belonging to the superclass or phylum Rhizopoda.


Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪzə(ʊ)pɒd/
Example sentences
  • Warren conveys Leidy's boundless curiosity for the microworld by quoting a characteristic remark: ‘How can life be tiresome,’ Leidy asked, ‘so long as there is still a new rhizopod undescribed?’
  • But as many rhizopods were not in this group, including the best-known example, Amoeba, and many Cercozoa are flagellates rather than amoeboid, the name Cercozoa is much more welcome.
  • This strongly suggests that these tRNAs are edited by a mechanism similar to the one seen in the fungus Spizellomyces punctatus and the rhizopod amoeba Acanthamoeba castellanii.


Modern Latin (plural), from rhizo- 'root' + Greek pous, pod- 'foot'.

Definition of Rhizopoda in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources