[ kluh-rel-uh ]
/ kləˈrɛl ə /


any freshwater, unicellular green alga of the genus Chlorella.

Nearby words

  1. chlorate,
  2. chlorcyclizine,
  3. chlordane,
  4. chlordecone,
  5. chlordiazepoxide,
  6. chlorellaceous,
  7. chloremia,
  8. chlorenchyma,
  9. chlorhexidine,
  10. chlorhydria

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

  • 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


/ (klɔːˈrɛlə, klə-) /


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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