halo bacterium


plural noun, singular halobacterium [hal-oh-bak-teer-ee-uhm] .
rod-shaped archaebacteria, as of the genera Halobacterium and Halococcus, occurring in saline environments as the Dead Sea, salt flats, and brine, and using the pigment bacteriorhodopsin rather than chlorophyll for photosynthesis.
Also called halobacters [hal-oh-bak-terz] .

1975–80; halo- + bacteria; compare Neo-Latin Halobacterium a genus of such bacteria

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halophiles in saline environments such as the Dead Sea or salt flats 
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