from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A genus of confervoid algæ, typical of the order Oscillariaceæ.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- proper noun (Bot.) A genus of dark green, or purplish black, filamentous, fresh-water algæ, the threads of which have an automatic swaying or crawling motion. Called also
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The name "oscillaria" arises from the peculiar oscillating or swinging movements that the plant exhibits.
Reproduction is for the most part by simple transverse division, as in oscillaria; but occasionally spores are produced also.
The larger ones (Fig. 8) recall quite strongly the smaller species of oscillaria, and exhibit similar movements.