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spirulina

[spahy-ruh-lahy-nuh] /ˌspaɪ rəˈlaɪ nə/
noun
1.
any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.
Origin of spirulina
< New Latin, equivalent to spīrul(a) small coil (see spiral, -ule) + -ina -ina2; so called from their corkscrew shape
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  • In spirulina the filaments are spirally twisted like a corkscrew and also have a vibrating movement.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
  • spirulina is often found growing with Oscillaria, and forms purple patches on wharves.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide Augusta Foote Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for spirulina

spirulina

/ˌspɪrʊˈlaɪnə; -ˈliːnə/
noun
1.
any filamentous cyanobacterium of the genus Spirulina: processed as a valuable source of proteins and other nutrients
Word Origin
from New Latin spirula small spiral
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