noun, plural: zooflagellates
Any of the animal-like flagellates characterized by their lack of chlorophyll and heterotrophic mode of nutrition.
These flagellates are named for their animal-like features: colourless, heterotrophic, and lack of chlorophyll.
Word origin: Greek: zôion, animal + flagellate » Latin flagellātus, ptp. of flagellāre to whip.
See also: protozoa, Zoomastigophorea.