Definition of Gigartina
: the type genus of Gigartinaceae comprising red algae mainly of the Pacific ocean having fleshy or cartilaginous compressed fronds with numerous outgrowths resembling teats on which the cystocarps are born
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Origin and Etymology of gigartina
New Latin, from Greek gigarton grape seed + New Latin -ina; probably akin to Greek gēras old age
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