cryptophyte

cryptophyte
noun
common in fresh and salt water appearing along the shore as algal blooms
Syn: ↑cryptomonad
Hypernyms: ↑alga, ↑algae
Member Holonyms: ↑Cryptophyceae, ↑class Cryptophyceae

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cryptophytic /krip'teuh fit"ik/, adj.
/krip"teuh fuyt'/, n.
1. Bot. a plant that forms its reproductive structures, as corms or bulbs, underground or underwater.
2. Biol. cryptomonad.
[1900-05; CRYPTO- + -PHYTE]

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