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blue-green algae

plural noun, Biology.
a widely distributed group of predominantly photosynthetic prokaryotic organisms of the subkingdom Cyanophyta, resembling phototrophic bacteria, occurring singly or in colonies in diverse habitats: some species can fix atmospheric nitrogen.
Also called cyanobacteria.
Origin of blue-green algae
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for blue-green algae

blue-green algae

plural noun
the former name for cyanobacteria
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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