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mastigophoran

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noun mas·ti·goph·o·ran \ˌmas-tə-ˈgä-fə-rən\

Definition of mastigophoran

  1. :  any of a subphylum (Mastigophora) of protozoans comprising forms with flagella and including many often treated as algae

mastigophoran

adjective


Origin and Etymology of mastigophoran

ultimately fr Greek mastig-, mastix whip + pherein to carry — more at bear


First Known Use: circa 1911


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