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zooxanthella

noun zo·o·xan·thel·la \ˌzō-ə-zan-ˈthe-lə\
plural zo·o·xan·thel·lae\-(ˌ)lē\

Definition of ZOOXANTHELLA

:  any of various symbiotic dinoflagellates that live within the cells of other organisms (as reef-building coral polyps)
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Origin of ZOOXANTHELLA

New Latin, from zo- + xanth- + -ella (diminutive suffix)
First Known Use: circa 1891

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