[ mas-ti-gof-er-uh n ]
/ ˌmæs tɪˈgɒf ər ən /


Also mas·ti·go·phore [mas-ti-guh-fawr, -fohr] /ˈmæs tɪ gəˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/. a protozoan of the phylum Mastigophora.


belonging or pertaining to the Mastigophora.


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Origin of mastigophoran

First recorded in 1905–10; Mastigophor(a) + -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for mastigophoran

/ (ˌmæstɪˈɡɒfərən) /

noun Also: mastigophore (ˈmæstɪɡəˌfɔː)

any protozoan having one or more flagella

adjective Also: mastigophorous

Also: flagellate of or relating to flagellated protozoans

Word Origin for mastigophoran

C19 mastigophore whip-bearer, from Greek mastigophoros, from mastix whip + -phoros -phore
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for mastigophoran

[ măs′tĭ-gŏfər-ən ]

See flagellate.
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