Definition of noctiluca in English:

noctiluca

Line breaks: nocti|luca
Pronunciation: /ˌnɒktɪˈluːkə
 
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noun (plural noctilucae /-kiː/)

  • A roughly spherical marine dinoflagellate which is strongly phosphorescent, especially when disturbed.
    • Genus Noctiluca, division (or phylum) Dinophyta
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    • Noctiluca is not photosynthetic.
    • Noctiluca are motionless as the flagellum is unable to propel their body through the water: the only movement is found in rotation of vertical position via control of buoyancy in the cell.

Origin

modern Latin, from Latin, literally 'night light, lantern'.

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