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zooxanthella

[ zoh-uh-zan-thel-uh ]
/ ˌzoʊ ə zænˈθɛl ə /

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.

Nearby words

zootechnics, zootomic, zootomy, zootoxin, zooty, zooxanthella, zooxanthellae, zophar, zophorus, zora, zorach
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Word Origin and History for zooxanthellae

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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