zooxanthella


zo·o·xan·thel·la

noun \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)

Origin of ZOOXANTHELLA

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

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