fucus

noun

fu·​cus ˈfyü-kəs How to pronounce fucus (audio)
1
obsolete : a face paint
2
[New Latin, genus name, from Latin] : any of a genus (Fucus) of leathery marine brown algae of rocky intertidal zones that are a source of algin and have been used as fertilizer
broadly : any of various brown algae compare rockweed

Examples of fucus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rocks draped with fronds of fucus seaweed beneath the tide line. Author: Brendan Jones, Alaska Dispatch News, 11 Aug. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Latin, seaweed, archil, dye obtained from archil, from Greek phykos

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fucus was in 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Fucus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fucus. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

fucus

noun
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Medical Definition

fucus

noun
fu·​cus ˈfyü-kəs How to pronounce fucus (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus (family Fucaceae) of cartilaginous brown algae used in the kelp industry
2
: any brown alga of the genus Fucus
broadly : any of various brown algae

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