star jelly

noun

Definition of star jelly

  1. :  any of several algae that form gelatinous colonies; especially :  any of various algae of the genus Nostoc (especially N. commune) that tend to form irregular or globular firm gelatinous pellets on marshy or frequently inundated ground

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Origin and Etymology of star jelly

so called from a popular belief that the gelatinous colonies fall from the stars


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