[verb flaj-uh-leyt; adjective, noun flaj-uh-lit, -leyt]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for flagellated
Why, such men as that English duke whom the lecturer gripped and flagellated.Demos
The parasite at this stage is known as the "flagellated body."Handbook of Medical Entomology
William Albert Riley
We now understand why the flagellated body is developed outside the human host: because its function lies outside the human host.
At last the flagellated beauty allows herself to be touched by the charm attendant on his thumps.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
He flagellated himself for eighty and nine years, every day and night of which was a battle with the visions.The Prince of India, Volume I
- (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 flagellated
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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having a flagellum or flagella.
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.
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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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