Coccolith meaning

kŏkə-lĭth
Any of several minute calcite plates that make up the external covering of certain haptophyte phytoplankton and in a fossilized state form chalk and limestone deposits.
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A minute calcareous plate covering the body of certain golden algae (division Chromophycota)
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(biology) A microscopic skeletal plate of calcite on the surface of certain marine phytoplankton; it forms chalk and limestone when fossilized.
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Origin of coccolith

  • cocc(us) (from its shape) –lith

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition