from The Century Dictionary.
- In botany, resembling a conferva; consisting of slender green filaments.
- noun An alga of the group Confervoideæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Like, or related to, the confervae.
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And of these, Snails and Periwinkles claim our respectful attention, as the most faithful, patient, and necessary scavengers of the confervoid growths, which soon obscure the marine aquarium.
This is owing to the growth of a minute confervoid vegetation, which must be kept down.
Eminent English authorities have advanced the theory that the ciliated gonidium of _Vaucheria_ is in reality a densely crowded aggregation of biciliated zoospores, similar to those found in many other confervoid algæ.
While the slimy snail, finding its proper nutriment in the decomposing vegetable matter and minute confervoid growth, prevents their accumulation by removing them; and by its vital powers converts what would otherwise act as a poison into
These ramenta explain fully the nature of those confervoid organs found in some Neckerae, and perhaps in other mosses, and it becomes paramount to prove whether these Neckerae have also the usual anthers, or if they are confined to these, in which case a presumptive proof will thus be afforded of their functions: if they have both forms, they will nevertheless constitute an analogous passage between the two orders: if they have only _these_, such Neckerae will form, as indeed they do, a very distinct genus.