witches' butter
Nostoc Nos"toc, prop. n. [F.] (Bot.) A genus of alg[ae]. The plants are composed of moniliform cells imbedded in a gelatinous substance. [1913 Webster]

Note: {Nostoc commune} is found on the ground, and is ordinarily not seen; but after a rain it swells up into a conspicuous jellylike mass, which was formerly supposed to have fallen from the sky, whence the popular names, {fallen star} and {star jelly}. Also called {witches' butter}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Witches' butter — Witch Witch, n. [OE. wicche, AS. wicce, fem., wicca, masc.; perhaps the same word as AS. w[=i]tiga, w[=i]tga, a soothsayer (cf. {Wiseacre}); cf. Fries. wikke, a witch, LG. wikken to predict, Icel. vitki a wizard, vitka to bewitch.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • witches'-butter — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : any of various gelatinous blue green algae especially of the genus Nostoc 2. : a yellow jelly fungus (Tremella lutescens) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Exidia glandulosa — Witch Witch, n. [OE. wicche, AS. wicce, fem., wicca, masc.; perhaps the same word as AS. w[=i]tiga, w[=i]tga, a soothsayer (cf. {Wiseacre}); cf. Fries. wikke, a witch, LG. wikken to predict, Icel. vitki a wizard, vitka to bewitch.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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