euglenoid

euglenophyte

[yoo-glee-nuh-fahyt]
noun Biology.
any member of the protist phylum Euglenophyta, comprising unicellular organisms, either green and photosynthetic or colorless and nonphotosynthetic, characterized by one or two anterior flagella and, in photosynthetic forms, an eyespot at the base of the flagella: in some classification schemes, an order of the animal phylum Mastigophora or the plant division Chlorophyta.
Also called euglenid [yoo-glee-nid] , euglenoid [yoo-glee-noid] .


Origin:
< Neo-Latin Euglenophyta; see Euglena, -o-, -phyte

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euglena (juːˈɡliːnə)
 
n
any freshwater unicellular organism of the genus Euglena, moving by means of flagella and typically having holophytic nutrition. It has been variously regarded as an alga or a protozoan but is now usually classified as a protoctist (phylum Euglenophyta)
 
[C19: from New Latin, from eu- + Greek glēnē eyeball, socket of a joint]
 
eu'glenoid
 
adj, —n

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