zooxanthella

[zoh-uh-zan-thel-uh]

noun, plural zo·o·xan·thel·lae [zoh-uh-zan-thel-ee] /ˌzoʊ ə zænˈθɛl i/.

any of various symbiotic yellow-green or yellow–brown algae in the cytoplasm of certain radiolarians and marine invertebrates.

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Word Origin and History for zooxanthellae
n.

1889, from German (Brandt, 1881), from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + xantho- (see xanthous) + Latin suffix -ella.

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