[ zoh-uh-zan-thel-uh ]

noun,plural zo·o·xan·thel·lae [zoh-uh-zan-thel-ee]. /ˌzoʊ ə zænˈθɛl i/.
  1. any of various symbiotic yellow-green or yellow–brown algae in the cytoplasm of certain radiolarians and marine invertebrates.

Origin of zooxanthella

First recorded in 1880–85; from New Latin; zoo- + xantho- + -ella

Words Nearby zooxanthella

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How to use zooxanthella in a sentence

  • Similar yellow zooxanthella or green zoochlorella are found as symbionta in the tissues of many animals.

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