Noctiluca meaning

nŏktə-lo͝okə
Any of various bioluminescent dinoflagellates of the genus Noctiluca that when grouped in large numbers make the sea phosphorescent.
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Any of a genus (Noctiluca) of large, spherical, reddish, luminescent dinoflagellates that often occur in vast numbers in the sea, causing the water to glow at night.
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Any of various bioluminescent dinoflagellates of the genus Noctiluca that when grouped in large numbers make the sea phosphorescent.
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Origin of noctiluca

  • New Latin Noctilūca genus name from Latin noctilūca lantern, moon nocti- nocti- lūcēre to shine leuk- in Indo-European roots

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