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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various green algae traditionally classified in the division Chlorophyta.
  • noun Any of various green algae placed in a newly defined division Chlorophyta, containing a smaller number of families, including organisms such as volvox and sea lettuce but not spirogyra, the desmids, or the stoneworts.

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  • noun Any green alga (of the division Chlorophyta)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Chlorophyta, division name : chloro– + –phyte.]

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