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di·no·flag·el·late(dī′nō-flăj′ə-lĭt, -lāt′, -flə-jĕl′ĭt)
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.
[From New Latin Dīnoflagellāta, class name : Greek dīnos, whirling (from dīnein, to whirl) + Latin flagellum, flagellum; see flagellum.]
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(Biology) any of a group of unicellular biflagellate aquatic organisms forming a constituent of plankton: now usually classified as a phylum of protoctists (Dinoflagellata)
(Biology) of or relating to dinoflagellates
[C19: from New Latin Dinoflagellata, from Greek dinos whirling + flagellum + -ate1]
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din•o•flag•el•late(ˌdɪn əˈflædʒ əˌleɪt)
any protozoan of the phylum Pyrrophyta (or class Dinoflagellata), usu. having one flagellum extending from the center of the body and another wrapped around it: often luminous in marine plankton.
[< New Latin Dinoflagellata (1887) < Greek dîno(s) whirling, rotation + New Latin flagellata (neuter pl.); see flagellate]
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Any of numerous protozoans found mostly in the ocean, usually having two flagella and an outer covering of cellulose. Dinoflagellates are one of the main components of plankton.
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|Noun||1.||dinoflagellate - chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella; a chief constituent of plankton|
flagellate, flagellate protozoan, flagellated protozoan, mastigophoran, mastigophore - a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals
Cilioflagellata, Dinoflagellata, order Cilioflagellata, order Dinoflagellata - in some classifications considered a phylum of the kingdom Protista; in others included in the plant phylum Pyrrophyta
peridinian - flagellate with a thick test composed of plates
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