from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alga, Chroölepus Iolithus, growing on moist rocks in the Alps, the White Mountains, etc. Stones overgrown with it emit, especially when moistened, a strong fragrance of violets.


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  • A certain alga growing on stones that, when wetted, yields a strong and pleasant odor of violets. Perfect for lining a grotto or outdoor shower, I should think.

    February 13, 2013