plural noun Het·ero·kon·tae \ˌhetərōˈkän‧ˌtē\

Definition of Heterokontae

in some classifications

  1. :  a class of algae equivalent to Xanthophyceae that includes all the yellow-green algae having flagella of unequal length — compare isokontae

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Origin and Etymology of heterokontae

New Latin, from heter- + -kontae (from Greek kontos punting pole, from kentein to prick, goad); from the unequal length of the flagella — more at center

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a brief usually trivial fact

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