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dinoflagellate

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noun di·no·fla·gel·late \ˌdī-nō-ˈfla-jə-lət, -ˌlāt; -flə-ˈje-lət\

Definition of dinoflagellate

  1. :  any of an order (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine planktonic usually solitary unicellular phytoflagellates that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide



Origin and Etymology of dinoflagellate

ultimately from Greek dinos rotation, eddy + New Latin flagellum


First Known Use: 1889


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dinoflagellate

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noun di·no·fla·gel·late \ˌdī-nō-ˈflaj-ə-lət, -ˌlāt, -flə-ˈjel-ət\

Medical Definition of dinoflagellate

  1. :  any of division or phylum (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine, planktonic, unicellular protists that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide




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