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[an-uh-bee-nuh] /ˌæn əˈbi nə/
any of the freshwater algae of the genus Anabaena, commonly occurring in masses and often contaminating drinking water, giving it a fishy odor and taste.
Origin of anabaena
< New Latin < Greek anabaín(ein) to go up (ana- ana- + baínein to go) + Latin -a -a2 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -nas
any freshwater alga of the genus Anabaena, sometimes occurring in drinking water, giving it a fishy taste and smell
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek anabainein to shoot up, go up, from ana- + bainein to go; so called because they rise to the surface at intervals
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