Definition of nostoc in English:

Share this entry


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.
Example sentences
  • The Chinese cultivate nostoc, since its gelatinous texture appeals to their palate.


Early 17th century: name invented by Paracelsus.

Words that rhyme with nostoc

Rostock, Vladivostok, Vostok

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: nos¦toc

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.