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choanoflagellate

[koh-uh-noh-flaj-uh-leyt] /ˌkoʊ ə noʊˈflædʒ əˌleɪt/
noun, Zoology
1.
any flagellate of the genera Monosiga and Proterospongia, having a protoplasmic collar encircling the base of the flagellum.
Origin of choanoflagellate
1895-1900
1895-1900; < New Latin Choanoflagellata name of the order. See choanocyte, flagellata
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  • This minute form looked so much like a choanoflagellate that I supposed it to be one until I discovered an empty case (Fig. 8).

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