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zooxanthella

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noun zo·o·xan·thel·la \ˌzō-ə-zan-ˈthe-lə\

Definition of zooxanthella

plural zooxanthellaeplay \-(ˌ)lē\

  1. :  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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