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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.


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Nearby words

blue-eyed grass, blue-eyed mary, blue-eyed soul, blue-green, blue-green alga, blue-green algae, blue-headed vireo, blue-jeaned, blue-leg, blue-on-blue, blue-pencil

Origin of blue-green algae

First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called cyanobacteria. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for blue-green alga

blue-green algae

pl n

the former name for cyanobacteria
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Science definitions for blue-green alga

blue-green alga

[ blōōgrēn′ ]

See under cyanobacterium.
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