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- noun A bloom of plankton, especially dinoflagellates, that causes a usually reddish discoloration of coastal ocean waters. Certain dinoflagellates produce toxins that contaminate shellfish, making them unsafe to eat, and can kill fish.
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- noun an
algal bloomof sufficient quantity to cause discoloration (often red) in a body of water; red tides can potentially cause irritationor death to exposed creatures
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- noun seawater that is discolored by large numbers of certain dinoflagellates that produce saxitoxin
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from red and tide
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