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[ kris-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈkrɪs əˌfaɪt /


any algae of the phylum Chrysophyta, comprising the yellow-green algae, golden-brown algae, and diatoms, distinguished by having in various proportions the three pigment groups chlorophyll (green), carotene (yellow), and xanthophyll (brown), and storing food reserves as oil rather than starch.

Nearby words

chrysolitic, chrysomelid, chrysomonad, chrysomyia, chrysophenine, chrysophyte, chrysoprase, chrysops, chrysostom, chrysotherapy, chrysotile

Origin of chrysophyte

1955–60; < New Latin Chrysophyta; see chryso-, -phyte Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019