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Meaning of flagellate

flag•el•late

Pronunciation: (v.flaj'u-lāt"adj., n.flaj'u-lit, -lāt"), [key]
— v., adj., n. -lat•ed, -lat•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to whip; scourge; flog; lash.
—adj.
  1. having flagella.
  2. producing filiform runners or runnerlike branches, as the strawberry.
  3. pertaining to or caused by flagellates.
—n.
  1. any protozoan of the phylum (or class) Mastigophora, having one or more flagella.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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