Definition of silicoflagellate in English:

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silicoflagellate

Pronunciation: /ˌsiləkōˈflajəlāt/

noun

Zoology
A marine flagellate of the order Silicoflagellida, distinguished by a siliceous skeleton and radiating spines.
Example sentences
  • Those that can form silica skeletons, such as the diatoms and silicoflagellates, or skeletons of calcium carbonate, such as the coccolithophorids, may be extremely abundant in the fossil record.
  • Silica is also extracted from sea water by phytoplankton such as diatoms and silicoflagellates, by zooplankton such as radiolarians, and by siliceous sponges.
  • Silica is also precipitated by radiolarians, silicoflagellates, horsetails and grasses.

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Syllabification: si·li·co·fla·gel·late

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