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chrysophyte

[ kris-uh-fahyt ]
/ ˈkrɪs əˌfaɪt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of chrysophyte

1955–60; <New Latin Chrysophyta;see chryso-, -phyte
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