Phytomastigina

plural noun
Phy·​to·​mas·​ti·​gi·​na | \ -ˌmastəˈjīnə \

Definition of Phytomastigina

: a subclass of Mastigophora comprising the plantlike flagellates that are often regarded as unicellular algae, have chromatophores which contain chlorophyll, usually secrete a covering of cellulose, and have a pigmented eyespot — compare zoomastigina

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History and Etymology for Phytomastigina

New Latin, from phyt- + mastig- + -ina

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“Phytomastigina.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Phytomastigina. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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