noun Etymology: ultimately from Greek dinos rotation, eddy + New Latin flagellum Date: 1889 any of an order (Dinoflagellata) of chiefly marine planktonic usually solitary unicellular phytoflagellates that include luminescent forms, forms important in marine food chains, and forms causing red tide

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  • dinoflagellate — n. a member of the {Dinoflagellata}, chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella. The dinoflagellates form a chief constituent of plankton. [WordNet 1.5] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dinoflagellate — [dī΄nō flaj′ə lit, dī΄nə flaj′əlāt΄] n. [< ModL Dinoflagellata < Gr dinos, rotation (< IE base * deye , to swing, whirl > OIr dīan, swift) + ModL flagellum (see FLAGELLUM) + ata, L, neut. pl. of atus: see ATE1] any of a class… …   English World dictionary

  • Dinoflagellate — Dinoflagellates Temporal range: 440–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • dinoflagellate — /din euh flaj euh layt /, n. any of numerous chiefly marine plankton of the phylum Pyrrophyta (or, in some classification schemes, the order Dinoflagellata), usually having two flagella, one in a groove around the body and the other extending… …   Universalium

  • dinoflagellate — A plantlike flagellate of the subclass Phytomastigophorea, some species of which ( e.g., Gonyaulax cantanella) produce a potent neurotoxin that may cause severe food intoxication following ingestion of parasitized shellfish. [G. dinos, whirling,… …   Medical dictionary

  • dinoflagellate — (di no flaj e leīt) An algal protist characterized by two flagella used in swimming in a spinning pattern. Many are bioluminescent and an important part of marine phytoplankton, some also are important marine pathogens …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • dinoflagellate — noun Any of many marine protozoa, of the phylum Dinoflagellata, that have two flagella …   Wiktionary

  • dinoflagellate — [ˌdʌɪnə(ʊ) fladʒəleɪt] noun Biology a single celled aquatic organism with two flagella, occurring in large numbers in marine plankton. [Division Dinophyta.] Origin C19 (as adjective): from mod. L. Dinoflagellata, from Gk dinos whirling + L.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • dinoflagellate — di·no·flagellate …   English syllables

  • dinoflagellate — din•o•flag•el•late [[t]ˌdɪn əˈflædʒ əˌleɪt[/t]] n. mcr 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… …   From formal English to slang

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