: a genus (the type of the family Palmellaceae) comprising terrestrial and freshwater green algae that form large masses of usually immobile cells embedded in a gelatinous matrix and sometimes including forms generally held to be palmella stages of flagellated algae or plantlike flagellates

Word History


New Latin, from Greek palmos vibration, quivering (from pallein to shake) + New Latin -ella

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“Palmella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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