- any simple filamentous green algae, many of which were formerly classified in the genus Conferva.
Origin of conferva
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Our mass of conferva turns out to contain one of the most elegant species.Marvels of Pond-life
Henry J. Slack
But if the conferva or parasitic fungus exceeds its allies in the above respects, it will then be dominant within its own class.On the Origin of Species
In the hottest water of the hot springs I collected three species of Conferva.Western Himalaya and Tibet
In the stomach of C. balnaris I found a considerable quantity of a conferva, too much, I think, to have got in accidentally.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2)
The consequence has been an excessive growth of a conferva which is indigenous to these lakes and confined to them.
- 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
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