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n.1.(Biol.) A small, rounded, marine organism, capable of braking up into coccoliths.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Coccolithophores are a major group of unicellular marine calcifying algae secreting calcite plates (coccoliths) covering the cell (coccosphere).
Coccosphere counts were made using a Zeiss polarized light microscope at 1000X.