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Any of various bioluminescent dinoflagellates of the genus Noctiluca that when grouped in large numbers make the sea phosphorescent.
[New Latin Noctilūca, genus name, from Latin noctilūca, lantern, moon : nocti-, nocti- + lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -cae (-siː)
(Biology) any bioluminescent marine dinoflagellate of the genus Noctiluca
[C17: from Latin, from nox night + lūcēre to shine]
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any thing or creature that shines or glows in the dark, especially a phosphorescent or bioluminescent marine or other organism. — noctilucine, adj.See also: Darkness
any thing or creature that shines or glows in the dark, especially a phosphorescent or bioluminescent marine or other organism. — noctilucine, adj.See also: Light
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|Noun||1.||noctiluca - large bioluminescent marine protozoan|
dinoflagellate - chiefly marine protozoa having two flagella; a chief constituent of plankton
genus Noctiluca - a genus of protoctist
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