Definitions

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

  • n. A water-soluble amino acid found in various marine algae that is a potent, often deadly neurotoxin to humans when consumed in contaminated mussels, clams, crabs, and anchovies.

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  • n. A neurotoxin associated with some algal blooms

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  • n. a neurotoxin that is deadly for humans; found in various marine algae

Etymologies

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

From Japanese dialectal (Tokunoshima Island) domoi, seaweed (Chondria armata) in which the toxin is found.

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From Japanese ドウモイ (dōmoi), a type of red algae in the Tokunoshima dialect.

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