- any freshwater, blue-green alga of the genus Nostoc, often occurring in jellylike colonies in moist places.
Origin of nostoc
From New Latin, dating back to 1640–50, coined by Paracelsus
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Examples from the Web for nostoc
Or we've arrived at one of the oldest of the exclusionists' conventions—or nostoc.The Book of the Damned
The alg referred to were according to Euler of the nostoc type.The Organism as a Whole
A species of Nostoc is largely consumed in China as an ingredient in soup.
They are gelatinous, and have something of the appearance of Nostoc, in aspect as well as in minute structure.
The ventral surface bears flat scales in addition to the concave scales which, as mentioned above, are inhabited by Nostoc.
- any cyanobacterium of the genus Nostoc, occurring in moist places as rounded colonies consisting of coiled filaments in a gelatinous substance
C17: New Latin, coined by Paracelsus