dinoflagellate

noun
di·​no·​fla·​gel·​late | \ ˌdī-nō-ˈfla-jə-lət How to pronounce dinoflagellate (audio) , -ˌlāt; -flə-ˈje-lət How to pronounce dinoflagellate (audio) \

Definition of dinoflagellate

: any of an order (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine planktonic usually solitary unicellular phytoflagellates that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide

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Recent Examples on the Web Ironically, dinoflagellates are also responsible for one of nature’s nastiest phenomena—red tides. The Economist, "The bioluminescence people find so attractive is a defence mechanism," 21 June 2019 Red tide is a natural occurrence that happens due to the presence of nutrients in salt water and an organism called a dinoflagellate. Washington Post, "Memorial for 20 killed in crash is unveiled," 6 Oct. 2019 Red tide is a natural occurrence that happens due to the presence of nutrients in salt water and an organism called a dinoflagellate. Washington Post, "Memorial for 20 killed in crash is unveiled," 6 Oct. 2019 With more wind stirring up nutrients, dinoflagellates can get food easier. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Red tides, explained," 5 July 2019 Red tide is a natural occurring algae bloom, produced by the dinoflagellate K. brevis found in in the Gulf of Mexico. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Red tide re-emerges in southwest Florida," 7 Oct. 2019 Red tide is a natural occurrence that happens due to the presence of nutrients in salt water and an organism called a dinoflagellate. Washington Post, "Memorial for 20 killed in crash is unveiled," 6 Oct. 2019 Red tide is a natural occurrence that happens due to the presence of nutrients in salt water and an organism called a dinoflagellate. Washington Post, "Memorial for 20 killed in crash is unveiled," 6 Oct. 2019 Bioluminescent beach stroll Thanks to ocean currents, bioluminescent plankton called dinoflagellates are common in the waters around Hawaii. Valerie Stimac, SFChronicle.com, "7 nighttime things to do in Hawaii," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dinoflagellate

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dinoflagellate

ultimately from Greek dinos rotation, eddy + New Latin flagellum

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“Dinoflagellate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinoflagellate. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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dinoflagellate

noun
di·​no·​fla·​gel·​late | \ ˌdī-nō-ˈflaj-ə-lət How to pronounce dinoflagellate (audio) , -ˌlāt How to pronounce dinoflagellate (audio) , -flə-ˈjel-ət \

Medical Definition of dinoflagellate

: any of division or phylum (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine, planktonic, unicellular protists that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide

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