Definitions

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

  • n. Any of a group of water-soluble proteinaceous pigments that occur in red algae and cyanobacteria.

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  • n. any of a group of highly coloured pigments found in some photosynthetic algae; they are open-chain tetrapyrroles related to mammalian bile pigments

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  • n. water-soluble proteinaceous pigments found in red algae and cyanobacteria

Etymologies

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

phyco- + Latin bīlis, bile + -in.

Examples

  • Rhodophyta contains the pigment phycobilin, giving it a red color while the group Chrysophaceae contain the pigment fucoxanthin which gives them a golden color.

    Phytoplankton

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