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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.

Compare: phytoflagellate.
See also: protozoa, Zoomastigophorea.