- 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
Examples from the Web for flagellate
Byron, Shelley, and Moore all flagellate him in their poetry.
I will cut him up, sir; I will flay him—flagellate him—finish him!
At this stage many of the spores assume each a flagellate cilium, and so acquire power of more rapid locomotion.The North American Slime-Moulds
Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
These cells, called choanocytes, resemble independent animals of the Protozoa, known as flagellate Infusoria or Choanoflagellata.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
Most of the flagellate infusoria do just the reverse; they are anodically sensitive or positively galvanotactic.The Wonders of Life
- (tr) to whip; scourge; flog
- possessing one or more flagella
- resembling a flagellum; whiplike
- a flagellate organism, esp any protozoan of the phylum Zoomastigina
Word Origin and History for flagellate
1620s, from Latin flagellatus, past participle of flagellare "to scourge, lash" (see flagellum). Related: Flagellated; flagellating. An earlier verb for this was flagellen (mid-15c.).
flagellate(flăj′ə-lĭt, -lāt′, flə-jĕl′ĭt)
- Relating to or caused by a flagellate organism.
- A member of the class Mastigophora, comprising organisms having a flagellum.
- 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