plural noun
Phae·​oph·​y·​ta | \ fēˈäfətə \

Definition of Phaeophyta

: a division or other category of algae that have the chlorophyll masked by brown pigments, are mostly marine, diverse in form, often of gigantic size, and anchored by holdfasts to the substrate, and are usually divided among the classes Isogeneratae, Heterogeneratae, and Cyclosporeae — see brown alga

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New Latin, from phaeo- + -phyta

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“Phaeophyta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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