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[mas-ti-gof-er-uh n]
  1. Also mas·ti·go·phore [mas-ti-guh-fawr, -fohr] /ˈmæs tɪ gəˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/. a protozoan of the phylum Mastigophora.
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  1. belonging or pertaining to the Mastigophora.
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Origin of mastigophoran

First recorded in 1905–10; Mastigophor(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for mastigophoran


noun Also: mastigophore (ˈmæstɪɡəˌfɔː)
  1. any protozoan having one or more flagella
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adjective Also: mastigophorous
  1. Also: flagellate of or relating to flagellated protozoans
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Word Origin

C19 mastigophore whip-bearer, from Greek mastigophoros, from mastix whip + -phoros -phore
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mastigophoran in Science


  1. See flagellate.
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