: a genus (the type of the family Chlorococcaceae) of unicellular green algae (order Chlorococcales) occurring singly or in a layer on soil or damp rock, reproducing only by spores, and varying greatly in size of the vegetative cells compare protococcus

Word History


New Latin, from chlor- + -coccum (from Latin coccum berry, from Greek kokkos kermes, grain, seed)

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“Chlorococcum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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