fu·​cus | \ ˈfyü-kəs How to pronounce fucus (audio) \

Definition of fucus

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The rocks draped with fronds of fucus seaweed beneath the tide line. Author: Brendan Jones, Alaska Dispatch News, "Like a conveyor belt of salmon: A Southeast fishing run to remember," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fucus

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fucus

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

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“Fucus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fucus. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of fucus

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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