Ne`re*o*cys"tis\, n. [NL. See Nereid, and Cyst.] (Bot.) A genus of gigantic seaweeds.

Note: Nereocystis Lutkeana, of the North Pacific, has a stem many fathoms long, terminating in a great vesicle, which is crowned with a tuft of long leaves. The stem is used by the Alaskans for fishing lines.
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