Definition of Porphyra in English:

Porphyra

noun

Botany
  • A cosmopolitan genus of seaweeds (marine red algae, division Rhodophyta, class Bangiophyceae, order Bangiales), with simple foliose thalli varying in colour from rose to purple; (also porphyra) a seaweed of this genus, which includes a number of edible species known as laver or purple laver in Wales and England, nori in Japan.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Porphyra, genus name from ancient Greek πορϕύρα purple.

Pronunciation

Porphyra

/ˈpɔːfɪrə/