a combining form meaning “seaweed,” “algae,” used in the formation of compound words:
combining form
seaweed: phycology

word-forming element in science meaning “seaweed, algae,” from Latinized comb. form of Greek phykos “seaweed, sea wrack.”

phyco- pref.
Seaweed; algae: phycomycete.


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