Sphacelaria

noun
Sphac·​e·​lar·​ia | \ ˌsfasəˈla(a)rēə \

Definition of Sphacelaria

: a genus of small feathery brown algae (order Sphacelariales) similar to Ectocarpus but having the area of growth restricted to large dark brown apical cells

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History and Etymology for Sphacelaria

New Latin, from sphacelus gangrene + -aria

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“Sphacelaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sphacelaria. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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