Definitions for flagellateˈflædʒ əˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

flag•el•lateˈflædʒ əˌleɪt; -lɪt, -ˌleɪt(v.; adj., n.; v.t.)

  1. to whip; scourge.

  2. to punish or berate as if with a whip.

  3. (adj.)Also, flag′el•lat`ed.Biol. having flagella.

    Category: Cell Biology

  4. Bot. producing filiform runners or runnerlike branches, as the strawberry.

    Category: Botany

  5. pertaining to or caused by flagellates.

    Category: Microbiology

  6. (n.)any protozoan of the phylum Mastigophora, having one or more flagella.

    Category: Microbiology

Origin of flagellate:

1615–25; < L flagellātus, ptp. of flagellāre to whip. See flagellum , -ate1

flag•el•la•to•ryˈflædʒ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flagellate, flagellate protozoan, flagellated protozoan, mastigophoran, mastigophore(adj)

    a usually nonphotosynthetic free-living protozoan with whiplike appendages; some are pathogens of humans and other animals

  2. flagellate, flagellated, whiplike, lash-like(verb)

    having or resembling a lash or whip (as does a flagellum)

  3. flagellate, scourge(verb)


    "The religious fanatics flagellated themselves"


  1. flagellate(Noun)

    Any organism that has flagella.

  2. flagellate(Verb)

    To whip or scourge.

  3. flagellate(Adjective)

    Resembling a whip.

  4. flagellate(Adjective)

    Having flagella.

  5. Origin: flagellum ("whip")

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flagellate(verb)

    to whip; to scourge; to flog

  2. Flagellate(adj)


  3. Flagellate(adj)

    of or pertaining to the Flagellata


  1. Flagellate

    A flagellate is an organism with one or more whip-like organelles called flagella. Some cells in animals may be flagellate, for instance the spermatozoa of most phyla. Flowering plants do not produce flagellate cells, but ferns, mosses, green algae, some gymnosperms and other closely related plants do. Likewise, most fungi do not produce cells with flagellae, but the primitive fungal chytrids do. Many protists take the form of single-celled flagellates. The word flagellate describes a particular construction of eukaryotic organism and its means of motion. The term does not imply any specific relationship or classification of the organisms that possess flagellae. However, the term "flagellate" is included in other terms which often are more formally characterized.


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