[ kon-fur-vuh ]
/ kɒnˈfɜr və /

noun, plural con·fer·vae [kon-fur-vee] /kɒnˈfɜr vi/, con·fer·vas.

any simple filamentous green algae, many of which were formerly classified in the genus Conferva.

Nearby words

  1. conference pear,
  2. conferencing,
  3. conferential,
  4. conferral,
  5. conferree,
  6. confess,
  7. confessant,
  8. confessed,
  9. confessedly,
  10. confession

Origin of conferva

1630–40; < Latin: a certain water plant supposed to heal wounds, akin to confervēre to grow together, heal (see con-, fervent)

Related formscon·fer·val, con·fer·vous [kuh n-fur-vuh s] /kənˈfɜr vəs/, adjectivecon·fer·void [kon-fur-void] /kɒnˈfɜr vɔɪd/, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (kɒnˈfɜːvə) /

noun plural -vae (-viː) or -vas

any of various threadlike green algae, esp any of the genus Tribonema, typically occurring in fresh water
Derived Formsconferval, adjectiveconfervoid, noun, adjective

Word Origin for conferva

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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