Etymology
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volvox (n.)

genus of fresh-water algae, 1798, from Latin volvere "to roll," from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, revolve." So called from their motion.

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Definitions of volvox

Volvox (n.)
type genus of the Volvocaceae; minute pale green flagellates occurring in tiny spherical colonies; minute flagella rotate the colony about an axis;
Synonyms: genus Volvox
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