Definition 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. In sense 1, after scientific Latin Cryptophyta, group name (H. F. Link, 1824 or earlier).

Pronunciation

cryptophyte

/ˈkrɪptə(ʊ)fʌɪt/