Phy*col"o*gy(?), n. [Gr. seaweed + -logy.] The science of alg, or seaweeds; algology.
Phy`co*ma"ter(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. seaweed + L. mater mother.] (Bot.) A gelatin in which the alg spores have been supposed to vegetate.
Phy`co*my*ce"tes(?), n. pl. [NL.; Gr. seaweed + mycetes.] (Bot.) A large, important class of parasitic or saprophytic fungi, the algal or algalike fungi. The plant body ranges from an undifferentiated mass of protoplasm to a well-developed and much-branched mycelium. Reproduction is mainly sexual, by the formation of conidia or sporangia; but the group shows every form of transition from this method through simple conjugation to perfect sexual reproduction by egg and sperm in the higher forms. -- Phy`co*my*ce"tous (#), a.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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