Meaning of cryptophyte in English:

cryptophyte

noun

  • 1Botany
    A plant in which the dormant buds are below the surface of the soil or submerged under water.

  • 2Biology
    A unicellular flagellate of the phylum Cryptophyta ; a cryptomonad.

Origin

Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From crypto- + -phyte.

Pronunciation

cryptophyte

/ˈkrɪptə(ʊ)fʌɪt/