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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various protozoans of the class Mastigophora, all of which possess one or more flagella.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the class Mastigophora.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to the Mastigophora.
  • n. Any one of the Mastigophora.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals

Etymologies

From New Latin Mastīgophora, class name : Greek mastīx, mastīg-, whip + New Latin -phora (from Greek, neuter pl. of -phoros, -phore).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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