Definition of Tribonema
: a genus (the type of the family Tribonemaceae of the order Heterotrichales) of simple filamentous freshwater yellow-green algae having asexual spores formed within the cells and freed by the breaking of the filaments into H-shaped pieces — see conferva
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Origin and Etymology of tribonema
New Latin, from Greek tribos action of rubbing (from tribein to rub) + New Latin -nema
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