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1. Any of various green algae traditionally classified in the division Chlorophyta.
2. Any of various green algae placed in a newly defined division Chlorophyta, containing a smaller number of families, including organisms such as volvox and sea lettuce but not spirogyra, the desmids, or the stoneworts.
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|Noun||1.||chlorophyte - algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water|
alga, algae - primitive chlorophyll-containing mainly aquatic eukaryotic organisms lacking true stems and roots and leaves
Chlorophyta, division Chlorophyta - large division of chiefly freshwater eukaryotic algae that possess chlorophyll a and b, store food as starch, and cellulose cell walls; classes Chlorophyceae, Ulvophyceae, and Charophyceae; obviously ancestral to land plants
pond scum - free-floating freshwater green algae
spirogyra - freshwater algae consisting of minute filaments containing spiral chlorophyll bands
stonewort - any of various submerged aquatic algae of the genus Chara having nodes with whorled filamentlike branches; usually encrusted with calcium carbonate deposits
desmid - freshwater green algae