[ krip-tom-uh-nad ]
/ krɪpˈtɒm əˌnæd /

noun Biology.

any of various protozoalike algae of the phylum Cryptophyta usually having two flagella, common in both marine and freshwater environments where they appear along the shore as algal blooms, some also occurring as intestinal parasites.

Nearby words

  1. cryptology,
  2. cryptomenorrhea,
  3. cryptomeria,
  4. cryptomerorrhachischis,
  5. cryptometer,
  6. cryptonym,
  7. cryptonymous,
  8. cryptophthalmia,
  9. cryptophyte,
  10. cryptopodia

Origin of cryptomonad

< New Latin Cryptomonad-, stem of Cryptomonas, a typical genus; see crypto-, monad

Also called cryptophyte. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019