noun Di·at·o·ma \dīˈatəmə\

Definition of Diatoma

  1. :  a genus of freshwater diatoms (family Diatomaceae) that sometimes cause aromatic or disagreeable odors in water

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Origin and Etymology of diatoma

New Latin, from Greek diatomē, feminine of diatomos cut in half, from diatemnein to cut through, from dia- + temnein to cut — more at tome

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