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

  • noun Any of various brown algae of the genus Fucus, which includes many of the rockweeds.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To paint; dye.
  • noun A paint; a dye; especially, a paint for the face; rouge; hence, a disguise; a pretense; a sham.
  • noun [capitalized] A genus of Fucaceæ, characterized by dichotomously branching fronds in which there is no distinction of stem and leaves, and which are provided with a midrib and often with air-bladders.
  • noun Pl. fuci (fū ′ -sī). Any fucaceous seaweed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A paint; a dye; also, false show.
  • noun (Bot.) A genus of tough, leathery seaweeds, usually of a dull brownish green color; rockweed.

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  • noun Any alga of the genus Fucus.

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

  • noun any member of the genus Fucus


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

[Latin fūcus, seaweed, orchil, from Greek phūkos.]

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From Latin, from Ancient Greek.


  • The ingredients are typically a mixture of plants and natural ingredients, such as hoodia gordonii, a seaweed called fucus vesiculosus and guarana, a stimulant.

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  • With regard to fish, both species of Barbel occur; {68} the most killing bait for the large one, or Bookhar of the Assamese, is the green fucus, which is common, adhering to all the stones in these hill-streams: it is difficult to fix it on the hook.

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  • The "fucus" would be for instance your Homepage since this would be something you want to promote.

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  • We have focused on the big brown bat, Eptesicus fucus, a widely distributed species in North and Central America and two species of Old World fruit bats, Cynopterus sphinx and C. brachyotis.

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  • Skerryvore, but one oval nodule of black-trap, sparsely bedabbled with an inconspicuous fucus, and alive in every crevice with a dingy insect between a slater and a bug.

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  • There was a pot of fucus for reddening the lips and kohl for the eyes.

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  • As we continue to focus they continue to fucus and nothing will change until we do.

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  • There is not much difference between the height of high and low water on this coast, and the lake-like illusion would have been perfect had it not been that the rocks were tinged with gold for a foot or so above the sea by a delicate species of fucus.

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  • Such was the region the Nautilus was now visiting, a perfect meadow, a close carpet of seaweed, fucus, and tropical berries, so thick and so compact that the stem of a vessel could hardly tear its way through it.

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  • There were vast heaps of stone, amongst which might be traced the vague and shadowy forms of castles and temples, clothed with a world of blossoming zoophytes, and over which, instead of ivy, sea-weed and fucus threw

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  • from Latin 'seaweed' borrowed from Greek 'phukos'

    January 2, 2011

  • "It looks like an enormous shell, fucus growing all over it, straight out of The Water Babies."

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