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Animallike in mode of obtaining nourishment, lacking photosynthetic capacity; denoting certain protozoans, in contradistinction to others that are holophytic.
[holo- + G. zōon, animal]
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Obtaining nourishment by the ingestion of organic material. Used chiefly of protozoans.
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holozoic(of an organism) feeding on solid organic material derived from the bodies of other organisms. This is mainly the method of feeding adopted by animals, though a few specialized plants such as insectivorous plants obtain nutrient matter in this way.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005