star jelly

noun

Definition of star jelly

: 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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History and Etymology for star jelly

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

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“Star jelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/star%20jelly. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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