plural noun

: an order of Musci comprising a single genus of brown or blackish alpine mosses with a capsule that dehisces by four longitudinal slits

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Andreaea genus of mosses (after Johann Gerhard Reinhard Andreae †1793 German apothecary and naturalist) + -ales -ales

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Andreaeales was in 1894

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“Andreaeales.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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