plural noun

: an order of red algae (class Rhodophyceae) having the auxiliary cells borne on filaments that differ markedly from the vegetative filaments (as in lacking chromatophores and in being filled with dense protoplasm)

Word History


New Latin, from crypt- + Greek nēma thread + New Latin -i- + -ales

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“Cryptonemiales.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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