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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Nostoc \Nos"toc\, prop. n. [F.] (Bot.)
A genus of algae. The plants are composed of moniliform cells
imbedded in a gelatinous substance.
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.
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