Definition of Heterokontae
in some classifications
: 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
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