Definition of Chara

1. Noun. Green algae common in freshwater lakes of limestone districts.

Exact synonyms: Genus Chara
Generic synonyms: Protoctist Genus
Group relationships: Characeae, Family Characeae

Definition of Chara

1. n. A genus of flowerless plants, having articulated stems and whorled branches. They flourish in wet places.

Definition of Chara

1. a type of plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Chara

1. Class of filamentous green algae exemplified by the genus Chara, in which the mitotic spindle is not surrounded by a nuclear envelope. Probably the closest relatives, among the algae, to higher plants. The giant internodal cells (up to 5cm long) exhibit dramatic cyclosis and have been much used for studies on ion transport and cytoplasmic streaming. (21 May 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chara

Chao Phraya
Chapel Hill
Chapman's antshrike
Chapman code
Characean algae
Charadrius melodus
Charadrius morinellus
Charadrius vociferus
Charcot's arteries

Literary usage of Chara

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1. Fossil Plants: A Text-book for Students of Botany and Geology by Albert Charles Seward (1898)
"This species was founded on specimens from the Wealden beds of Sussex*, but numerous examples of chara 'fruits' and stems have long been known from the ..."

2. A Practical Treatise on the Use of the Microscope: Including the Different by John Quekett (1855)
"The chara tribe is most abundant in still waters or ponds that never become quite dry ; if found in running water, it is mostly met with out of the current, ..."

3. Geological Survey of Michigan by Michigan Geological Survey (1900)
"Marl beds without chara. As is easily observed in many marl lakes, and as has been pointed out to the writer by several students of lake life, marl beds are ..."

4. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1841)
"On the Anther of chara vulgaris and chara hispida, and the Animalcules contained in it. By M. GUSTAVUS THURET. (Ann. des Sc. Nat. vol. xiv. p. 65. ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... on old nodes of chara/itti/ilii. In the Mosses small tuberous bulbils frequently occur on tho rhizoids, and in many instances (lli'yum ..."

6. Magazine of Natural History edited by John Claudius Loudon, Edward Charlesworth, John Denson (1832)
"On the Fructification of the Genus chara. By the Rev. ... A variety of the chara vulgaris, which grows in a running stream at Colon near Cambridge, ..."

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