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spirulina

[ spahy-ruh-lahy-nuh ]

noun

  1. Microbiology. any of three species of the cyanobacteria genus Arthrospira, especially A. platensis, which is widely cultivated as a dietary supplement.
  2. the dietary supplement itself, which is a source of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants:

    Add a spoonful of powdered spirulina to your morning smoothie.



spirulina

/ ˌspɪrʊˈlaɪnə; -ˈliːnə /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of spirulina1

First recorded in 1840–50; New Latin, equivalent to spīrul(a) “small coil” + -īna (adjective suffix); so called from their corkscrew shape; spiral, -ina 2, -ule,
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Word History and Origins

Origin of spirulina1

from New Latin spirula small spiral
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Example Sentences

Vaxa Technologies is cultivating spirulina algae indoors, and a new study found that its process is carbon-neutral and emissions-free.

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

In Spirulina the filaments are spirally twisted like a corkscrew and also have a vibrating movement.

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