[ kon-fur-vuh ]

noun,plural con·fer·vae [kon-fur-vee], /kɒnˈfɜr vi/, con·fer·vas.
  1. any simple filamentous green algae, many of which were formerly classified in the genus Conferva.

Origin of conferva

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

Other words from conferva

  • con·fer·val, con·fer·vous [kuhn-fur-vuhs], /kənˈfɜr vəs/, adjective
  • con·fer·void [kon-fur-void], /kɒnˈfɜr vɔɪd/, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for conferva


/ (kɒnˈfɜːvə) /

nounplural -vae (-viː) or -vas
  1. any of various threadlike green algae, esp any of the genus Tribonema, typically occurring in fresh water

Origin of 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

Derived forms of conferva

  • conferval, adjective
  • confervoid, noun, adjective

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