dinoflagellate love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous minute, chiefly marine protozoans of the order Dinoflagellata, characteristically having two flagella and a cellulose covering and forming one of the chief constituents of plankton. They include bioluminescent forms and forms that produce red tide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many marine protozoa, of the phylum Dinoflagellata, that have two flagella

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a member of the Dinoflagellata, chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella. The dinoflagellates form a chief constituent of plankton.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or having the characters of the Dinoflagellata; cilioflagellate, in the usual sense of that word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella; a chief constituent of plankton


From New Latin Dīnoflagellāta, class name : Greek dīnos, whirling (from dīnein, to whirl) + Latin flagellum, flagellum; see flagellum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek δῖνος ("whirling") + flagellate (Wiktionary)



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  • Seen here, part of a theory that dinoflagellates caused the Biblical plague of Egypt in which the Nile ran red.

    April 13, 2009