Dinoflagellate meaning

dīnō-flăjə-lĭt, -lāt, -flə-jĕlĭt
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Any of numerous one-celled organisms found mostly in the ocean, usually having two flagella of unequal length and often an armorlike covering of cellulose. Dinoflagellates are one of the main components of plankton. Since dinoflagellates have characteristics of both plants and animals, their classification is controversial.
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Any of many marine protozoa, of the phylum Dinoflagellata, that have two flagella.
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Origin of dinoflagellate

  • From New Latin Dīnoflagellāta class name Greek dīnos whirling (from dīnein to whirl) Latin flagellum flagellum flagellum

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

  • Ancient Greek δῖνος (dinos, “whirling”) + flagellate

    From Wiktionary