phycophaein

noun
phy·co·phae·in
variants: or phycophein \ˌ⸗⸗ˈfēə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of phycophaein 

: a brown pigment in the cells of brown algae (as the kelps) now believed to be no more than a postmortem oxidation product of fucosan

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History and Etymology for phycophaein

International Scientific Vocabulary phyc- + -phaein, -phein (from Greek phaios dusky + International Scientific Vocabulary -in)

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