plural noun

: a family of aquatic green algae (order Charales) comprising the stoneworts, resembling the horsetails in general appearance, and having jointed stems with whorls of slender branchlike leaves at the joints see chara, nitella

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Chara chara + -aceae -aceae

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“Characeae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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