coc·​co·​lith·​o·​phore | \ ˌkäkōˈlithəˌfō(ə)r, ˌkäkəˈ- \
plural -s

Definition of coccolithophore

: any of numerous minute mostly marine planktonic biflagellated organisms with brown chromatophores and complex calcareous, less commonly siliceous, shells that are sometimes considered to constitute the family Coccolithophoridae of the order Chrysomonadina

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Other Words from coccolithophore

coccolithophorid \ ¦⸗⸗lə¦thäfərə̇d , -​ˌrid \ adjective or noun

History and Etymology for coccolithophore

New Latin Coccolithophora

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“Coccolithophore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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