Definition of nostoc in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈnɒstɒk


A microorganism composed of beaded filaments which aggregate to form a gelatinous mass, growing in water and damp places and able to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere.
  • Genus Nostoc, division Cyanobacteria
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  • The Chinese cultivate nostoc, since its gelatinous texture appeals to their palate.


early 17th century: name invented by Paracelsus.

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