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noun, plural: phytoflagellates

Any of the plant-like flagellates that contain chlorophyll and capable of photosynthesis.


These flagellates are named for their plant-like features: photosynthetic, and the presence of chlorophyll and other pigments.

Word origin: Greek: phyt(ón), a plant + flagellate » Latin flagellātus, ptp. of flagellāre to whip.

Compare: zooflagellate.
See also: protozoa, Phytomastigophorea.