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Blend of giant +‎ virus; coined by J M Claverie, H Ogata, S Audic, C Abergel, K Suhre, P E Fournier, in a 2006 paper in Virus Research (DOI 10.1016/j.virusres.2006.01.008).

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girus (plural giruses)

  1. (virology) a type of giant virus, a giant nucleocytoplasmic large DNA virus (giant NCLDV)