plural noun

: a class of algae (division Chrysophyta) in which the green pigments of the chromatophores are partially masked by xanthophyll and reserves are commonly stored in the form of oil and which comprise the yellow-green algae

Word History


New Latin, from xanth- + -phyceae

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“Xanthophyceae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Xanthophyceae. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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