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 for Saccharomyces
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Saccharomyces \Sac`cha*ro*my"ces\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? sugar + ?,
     ?, a fungus.] (Biol.)
     A genus of budding fungi, the various species of which have
     the power, to a greater or less extent, or splitting up sugar
     into alcohol and carbonic acid. They are the active agents in
     producing fermentation of wine, beer, etc. Saccharomyces
     cerevisiae is the yeast of sedimentary beer. Also called
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: single-celled yeasts that reproduce asexually by budding;
           used to ferment carbohydrates [syn: Saccharomyces, genus

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