choanoflagellate

[ koh-uh-noh-flaj-uh-leyt ]
/ ˌkoʊ ə noʊˈflædʒ əˌleɪt /

noun Zoology.

any flagellate of the genera Monosiga and Proterospongia, having a protoplasmic collar encircling the base of the flagellum.

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Origin of choanoflagellate

1895–1900; <New Latin Choanoflagellata name of the order. See choanocyte, flagellata

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Example sentences from the Web for choanoflagellate

  • This minute form looked so much like a choanoflagellate that I supposed it to be one until I discovered an empty case (Fig. 8).