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n, pl -vae (-viː) or -vas
(Plants) any of various threadlike green algae, esp any of the genus Tribonema, typically occurring in fresh water
[C18: from Latin: a water plant, from confervēre to grow together, heal, literally: to seethe, from fervēre to boil; named with reference to its reputed healing properties]
conˈfervoid n, adj
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|Noun||1.||conferva - any of various algae of the genus Tribonema; algae with branching filaments that form scum in still or stagnant fresh water|
yellow-green algae - any alga of the division Chrysophyta with its chlorophyll masked by yellow pigment