con·​fer·​va | \ kənˈfərvə \

Definition of conferva

1 capitalized, in some especially former classifications : a genus of filamentous green algae containing a number of species of doubtful relationship many of which are now usually placed in the genus Tribonema
2 plural confervae\ -​(ˌ)vē \ : an alga of the genus Tribonema broadly : any of various filamentous algae that form scums in still or sluggish fresh water

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History and Etymology for conferva

New Latin, from Latin, a water plant, from confervēre to boil together, grow together, heal, from com- + fervēre, fervere to boil; from its supposed healing power

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“Conferva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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