flagellate [ verb flaj- uh-leyt; adjective, noun flaj- uh-lit, -leyt ] SHOW IPA / verb ˈflædʒ əˌleɪt; adjective, noun ˈflædʒ ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used with object), flag·el·lat·ed, flag·el·lat·ing. to whip; scourge; flog; lash. adjective Also flag·el·lat·ed . Biology. having flagella. Botany. producing filiform runners or runnerlike branches, as the strawberry. pertaining to or caused by flagellates. noun any protozoan of the phylum (or class) Mastigophora, having one or more flagella. QUIZZES WERE YOU BAMBOOZLED BY THE WORDS FROM FEBRUARY?
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Origin of flagellate
past participle of
to whip. See
-ate 1 OTHER WORDS FROM flagellate flag·el·la·tor, noun flag·el·la·to·ry [ flaj- uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈflædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective mul·ti·flag·el·late, adjective mul·ti·flag·el·lat·ed, adjective non·flag·el·late, adjective non·flag·el·lat·ed, adjective pre·flag·el·late, adjective pre·flag·el·lat·ed, adjective Words nearby flagellate flag down
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Example sentences from the Web for flagellate
I admit I'm one of those people who tend to self-
flagellate and is too tethered to my to-do list, sometimes defeated by it.
These cells, called choanocytes, resemble independent animals of the Protozoa, known as
flagellate Infusoria or Choanoflagellata.
Most of the
flagellate infusoria do just the reverse; they are anodically sensitive or positively galvanotactic.
Other modifications are whip-like processes, or
flagellate filaments, called vibracula, which constantly beat the water. 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 of flagellate flagellation, noun
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flagellate [ flăj ′ə-lĭt, -lāt′, flə-jĕl ′ĭt ] adj. Flagellated. Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism. n. A member of the class Mastigophora, comprising organisms having a flagellum.
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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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