mas·​ti·​goph·​o·​ran ˌma-stə-ˈgä-fə-rən How to pronounce mastigophoran (audio)
: any of a subphylum (Mastigophora) of protozoans comprising forms with flagella and including many often treated as algae
mastigophoran adjective

Word History


ultimately from Greek mastig-, mastix whip + pherein to carry — more at bear

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mastigophoran was circa 1911

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Cite this Entry

“Mastigophoran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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