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spirulina

[spahy-ruh-lahy-nuh]
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noun
  1. any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Spirulina is often found growing with Oscillaria, and forms purple patches on wharves.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for spirulina

spirulina

noun
  1. any filamentous cyanobacterium of the genus Spirulina : processed as a valuable source of proteins and other nutrients
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Word Origin

from New Latin spirula small spiral
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