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fucus

Syllabification: fu·cus
Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞okəs
 
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Definition of fucus in English:

noun (plural fuci /ˈfyo͞osī, -sē/)

A seaweed of a large genus of brown algae having flat leathery fronds.
  • Genus Fucus, class Phaeophyceae
Example sentences
  • A professor of microbiology at the university discovered the bacteria earlier this year growing on fucus seaweed in the Firth of Forth.
  • Species of Fucus are recorded almost world-wide.
  • In 2005, it was announced that bacteria grown on Fucus have the ability to attack and kill the MRSA superbug.

Origin

early 17th century (denoting a cosmetic): from Latin, 'rock lichen, red dye, rouge', from Greek phukos 'seaweed', of Semitic origin.

Words that rhyme with fucus

Lucas, mucous, mucus, Ophiuchus, soukous

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