from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the principal genus of Ectocarpaceæ, including a large number of olive-brown filamentous species, many of which grow attached to larger algæ.


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  • In the one the general appearance was such as might be produced by compressed and tangled masses of _Chorda filium_, in which the linear and even tubular character of the plant could be determined, but not its continuous, cord-like aspect; in the other, the fragments seemed well nigh as slim as hairs, and the appearance was such as might be produced by branches of that common ectocarpus, _E. littoralis_, which may be seen on our rocky coasts roughening at low water the stems of laminaria.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed Hugh Miller 1829


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