Definition of phaeophycean in English:

phaeophycean

adjective

Botany
  • Of or relating to the class Phaeophyceae, which comprises the brown algae.

noun

Botany
  • An alga of the class Phaeophyceae; a brown alga.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

phaeophycean

/ˌfiːə(ʊ)ˈfʌɪsɪən/