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A genus of the family Ctenocladaceae (formerly Protococcaceae) of unicellular freshwater green algae, chiefly of spherical shape; (also protococcus) an alga of this genus.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Protococcus from ancient Greek πρωτο- + κόκκος grain, seed.
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