One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of brown algae of which the only species now recognized is Macrocystis pyrifera, a giant kelp which is widespread in the southern hemisphere and along the Pacific coast of America; an alga of this genus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Joseph Hooker (1817–1911), botanist. From scientific Latin Macrocystis from macro- + ancient Greek κύστις bladder.
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