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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous mostly freshwater unicellular heterokonts of the division Chrysophyta that are characteristically golden brown, having two types of chlorophyll largely masked by the pigment fucoxanthin.

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  • noun biology Any golden alga (of the class Chrysophyceae)

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Chrȳsophyta, division name : chryso– + –phyte.]

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Ancient Greek χρυσός ("gold") + -phyte

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