[ 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.

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. 2020