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.
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Also called cyanobacteria.
Origin of blue-green algae
First recorded in 1895–1900
Words nearby blue-green algae
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British Dictionary definitions for blue-green alga
the former name for cyanobacteria
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Scientific definitions for blue-green alga
[ blōō′grēn′ ]
See under cyanobacterium.
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