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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Fossils of mantis shrimp, shark teeth, dinoflagellates and saline-loving bacteria were discovered deep beneath the rain forest.
In some species, horns store cyanobacteria that can provide the dinoflagellates with nitrogen when nutrients are low.
Another project involves harvesting light-producing marine plankton called dinoflagellates to produce a liquid that glows at night.
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Origin and Etymology of dinoflagellate
ultimately from Greek dinos rotation, eddy + New Latin flagellum
First Known Use: 1901See Words from the same year
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