[ verb flaj-uh-leyt; adjective, noun flaj-uh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈflædʒ əˌleɪt; adjective, noun ˈflædʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), flag·el·lat·ed, flag·el·lat·ing.

to whip; scourge; flog; lash.


Also flag·el·lat·ed. Biology. having flagella.
Botany. producing filiform runners or runnerlike branches, as the strawberry.
pertaining to or caused by flagellates.


any protozoan of the phylum (or class) Mastigophora, having one or more flagella.


Origin of flagellate

1615–25; < Latin flagellātus, past participle of flagellāre to whip. See flagellum, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for flagellate


verb (ˈflædʒɪˌleɪt)

(tr) to whip; scourge; flog

adjective (ˈflædʒɪlɪt, -ˌleɪt) flagellated

possessing one or more flagella
resembling a flagellum; whiplike

noun (ˈflædʒɪlɪt, -ˌleɪt)

a flagellate organism, esp any protozoan of the phylum Zoomastigina

Derived Forms

flagellation, noun
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Medicine definitions for flagellate


[ flăjə-lĭt, -lāt′, flə-jĕlĭt ]


Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism.


A member of the class Mastigophora, comprising organisms having a flagellum.
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Science definitions for flagellate


[ flăjə-lāt′ ]

Any of various protozoans of the subphylum Mastigophora that move by means of one or more flagella. Some flagellates can make food by photosynthesis (such as euglenas and volvox), and are often classified as green algae by botanists. Others are symbiotic or parasitic (such as trypanosomes). Flagellates are related to amoebas. Also called mastigophoran
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