any of a class (Dinophyceae) of single-celled algae (division Chromophycota), mainly marine and often with a cellulose shell: some species are luminescent, and some cause the red tides that are extremely toxic to marine life: also classified in a class (Dinoflagellata) of protozoans
Origin of dinoflagellate; from Modern Latin Dinoflagellata ; from Classical Greek dinos, rotation (; from Indo-European base an unverified form deye-, to swing, whirl from source Old Irish d?an, swift) + Modern Latin flagellum (see flagellum) + -ata, L, neuter plural of -atus: see -ate
Any of numerous minute, chiefly marine protists of the phylum Dinoflagellata, characteristically having two flagella and a cellulose covering and forming one of the chief constituents of plankton. They include bioluminescent species, photosynthetic species, and species that produce red tide.
Origin of dinoflagellateFrom New Latin D&imacron;noflagellata, class name : Greek d&imacron;nos, whirling (from d&imacron;nein, to whirl) + Latin flagellum, flagellum; see flagellum.
Ancient Greek δῖνος (dinos, “whirling”) + flagellate