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conferva

[kon-fur-vuh] /kɒnˈfɜr və/
noun, plural confervae
[kon-fur-vee] /kɒnˈfɜr vi/ (Show IPA),
confervas.
1.
any simple filamentous green algae, many of which were formerly classified in the genus Conferva.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin: a certain water plant supposed to heal wounds, akin to confervēre to grow together, heal (see con-, fervent)
Related forms
conferval, confervous
[kuh n-fur-vuh s] /kənˈfɜr vəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
confervoid
[kon-fur-void] /kɒnˈfɜr vɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for conferval

conferva

/kɒnˈfɜːvə/
noun (pl) -vae (-viː), -vas
1.
any of various threadlike green algae, esp any of the genus Tribonema, typically occurring in fresh water
Derived Forms
conferval, adjective
confervoid, noun, adjective
Word Origin
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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