One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the class Phaeophyceae, which comprises the brown algae.
An alga of the class Phaeophyceae; a brown alga.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Benjamin Jackson (1846–1927). From scientific Latin Phaeophyceae, class name (A. de Bary in Bot. Zeitung 39 14/2; from ancient Greek ϕαιός grey + ϕῦκος seaweed + scientific Latin -eae: see -eous) + -an.
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