Chamaesiphon

noun
Cham·​ae·​si·​phon | \ -ˈsīfən, -ˌfän \

Definition of Chamaesiphon

: a genus (the type of the family Chamaesiphonaceae) of one-celled blue-green algae characterized by epiphytic habit and formation of endospores that are released by early breakdown of the cell wall at the apex and by successive abstriction

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History and Etymology for Chamaesiphon

New Latin, from chamae- + Greek siphōn tube

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“Chamaesiphon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chamaesiphon. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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