coccolithophore

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κόκκος (kókkos, grain, seed) + λίθος (líthos, stone) + φόρος (phóros, carry); this compound references how the phytoplanktonic organism's life cycle results in the depositing of its microscopic seed-like calcic exoskeleton, forming calcite.

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coccolithophore (plural coccolithophores)

  1. Any of many minute mostly marine planktonic biflagellated organisms with brown chromatophores and complex calcareous, less commonly siliceous, shells.

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