any freshwater, unicellular green alga of the genus Chlorella.

Origin of chlorella

From New Latin, dating back to 1890; see origin at chlor-1, -ella
Related formschlo·rel·la·ceous [klawr-uh-ley-shuh s, klohr-] /ˌklɔr əˈleɪ ʃəs, ˌkloʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chlorella

Historical Examples of chlorella

  • He could get a Chlorella substitute for half a credit, but he'll still buy the steak if he can afford it.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • They grow edible yeast in tanks, and chlorella in vats, and they produce an important amount of food.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

British Dictionary definitions for chlorella



any microscopic unicellular green alga of the genus Chlorella: some species are used in the preparation of human food

Word Origin for chlorella

C19: from New Latin, from chloro- + Latin -ella, diminutive suffix
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