red algae


plural noun Biology.

marine algae of the phylum Rhodophyta, in which the chlorophyll is masked by a red or purplish pigment.

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Origin of red algae

First recorded in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for red algae

red algae

pl n

the numerous algae that constitute the phylum Rhodophyta, which contain a red pigment in addition to chlorophyll. The group includes carrageen, dulse, and laverAlso called: red seaweed
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