Noctiluca
Noctiluca Noc`ti*lu"ca, n.; pl. {Noctiluc[AE]}. [L. noctiluca something that shines by night, fr. nox, noctis, night + lucere to shine, lux light.] 1. (Old Chem.) That which shines at night; -- a fanciful name for phosphorus. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of marine flagellate Infusoria, remarkable for their unusually large size and complex structure, as well as for their phosphorescence. The brilliant diffuse phosphorescence of the sea is often due to myriads of Noctiluc[ae]. [1913 Webster]


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  • Noctiluca —   [lateinisch »Nachtleuchte«], Gattung der Dinoflagellaten; nur wenige Arten, wie die im Oberflächenwasser der Meere weltweit verbreitete Art Noctiluca miliaris: mit fast farblosem, 0,2 2 mm großem Körper und nur einer Geißel; Ernährungsweise… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • noctiluca — (Del lat. noctilūca). 1. f. luciérnaga. 2. Zool. Protozoo flagelado, marino, de cuerpo voluminoso y esférico y con un solo flagelo, cuyo citoplasma contiene numerosas gotitas de grasa que al oxidarse producen fosforescencia. A la presencia de… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • noctiluca — [näk΄tə lo͞o′kə] n. [ModL < L, something that shines at night < nox (gen. noctis), NIGHT + lucere, to shine < lux, LIGHT1] any of a genus (Noctiluca) of large, spherical, reddish, luminescent dinoflagellates that often occur in vast… …   English World dictionary

  • Noctilūca — (lat., Nachtleuchter), eine Quallenart …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Noctilūca — Noctilūca, s. Meerleuchten …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • NOCTILUCA — Lunae cognomen, quod noctu luccat. Horat. Carm. l. 4. Od. 6. v. 38. Rite crescentem face Noctilucam. Ubi fortasse expressit epithet on Νυκτιλαμπῆ, quod ante eum usurpârat Simonides, ut intelligere licet ex quibusdam eius versibus, qui reperiuntur …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • noctiluca — s. f. [Linguagem poética] Lua …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Noctiluca — scintillans …   Wikipédia en Français

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