Hypnea

noun

Hyp·​nea
ˈhipnēə
: a genus (the type of the family Hypneaceae) comprising red algae of the order Gigartinales that have a thallus of terete fleshy branches with the tips curving inward like tendrils and that include one (H. musciformis) which is occasionally used as a source of agar

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Hypnum, genus of mosses

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“Hypnea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hypnea. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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