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zooxanthella

[zoh-uh-zan-thel-uh] /ˌzoʊ ə zænˈθɛl ə/
noun, plural zooxanthellae [zoh-uh-zan-thel-ee] /ˌzoʊ ə zænˈθɛl i/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of various symbiotic yellow-green or yellow–brown algae in the cytoplasm of certain radiolarians and marine invertebrates.
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Word Origin and History for zooxanthellae
n.

1889, from German (Brandt, 1881), from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + xantho- (see xanthous) + Latin suffix -ella.

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