asterionella

noun as·te·ri·o·nel·la

Definition of asterionella

  1. 1 capitalized :  a small genus of narrowly linear diatoms (family Fragilariaceae) arranged in stellate free-floating colonies and often causing geraniumlike or fishy odors in public water supplies

  2. 2 plural -s :  a diatom of the genus Asterionella

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Origin and Etymology of asterionella

New Latin, from Greek asterion (neuter of asterios starry) + New Latin -ella


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