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Meaning of DIATOM

Pronunciation:  'dIutum `tâm

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  microscopic unicellular marine or freshwater colonial alga having cell walls impregnated with silica
 

DIATOM is a 6 letter word that starts with D.

 

 See Also: alga, algae, Bacillariophyceae, class Bacillariophyceae, class Diatomophyceae, Diatomophyceae

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Di"a*tom\, n. [Gr. ? cut in two. See {Diatomous}.]
1. (Bot.) One of the Diatomace[ae], a family of minute
   unicellular Alg[ae] having a siliceous covering of great
   delicacy, each individual multiplying by spontaneous
   division. By some authors diatoms are called
   Bacillari[ae], but this word is not in general use.

2. A particle or atom endowed with the vital principle.

         The individual is nothing. He is no more than the
         diatom, the bit of protoplasm.        --Mrs. E. Lynn
                                               Linton.

 

 

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