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noc·ti·lu·ca

 (nŏk′tə-lo͞o′kə)
n.
Any of various bioluminescent dinoflagellates of the genus Noctiluca that when grouped in large numbers make the sea phosphorescent.

[New Latin Noctilūca, genus name, from Latin noctilūca, lantern, moon : nocti-, nocti- + lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

noctiluca

(ˌnɒktɪˈluːkə)
n, pl -cae (-siː)
(Biology) any bioluminescent marine dinoflagellate of the genus Noctiluca
[C17: from Latin, from nox night + lūcēre to shine]

noctiluca

any thing or creature that shines or glows in the dark, especially a phosphorescent or bioluminescent marine or other organism. — noctilucine, adj.
See also: Darkness
any thing or creature that shines or glows in the dark, especially a phosphorescent or bioluminescent marine or other organism. — noctilucine, adj.
See also: Light
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.noctiluca - large bioluminescent marine protozoannoctiluca - large bioluminescent marine protozoan
dinoflagellate - chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella; a chief constituent of plankton
genus Noctiluca - a genus of protoctist
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ostenfeldii Gonyaulacales: Goniodomataceae Alexandrium monilatum (Howell, 1953) Dinoflagellata: Dinophyceae: Gonyaulax spinifera (Claparede Gonyaulacales: Gonyaulacaceae & Lachmann, 1859) Lingulodinium polyedrum (Stein, 1883) Dinoflagellata: Dinophyceae: Cochlodinium polykrikoides Gymnodiniales: Gymnodiniaceae Margalef, 1961 Gymnodinium catenatum Grahm, 1943 Dinoflagellata: Dinophyceae: Noctiluca scintillans Noctilucales: Noctilucaceae (Macartney) Kofoid & Swezy, 1921 Dinoflagellata: Dinophyceae: Peridinium quinquecorne Abe, Peridiniales: Peridinaceae 1927 in lit Protoperidinium quinquecrones Dinoflagellata: Dinophyceae: Prorocentrum lima (Ehrenberg) Protocentrales: Protocentraceae Dodge, 1975 Prorocentrum micans Ehrenberg, 1834 Prorocentrum spp.
81); asi como un representante del orden Noctilucales, familia Leptodiscaceae (Scaphodinium miriabile), y el parasito Chytriodinium affine, del orden Blastodiniales (Fig.