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spirulina

[ spahy-ruh-lahy-nuh ]
/ ˌspaɪ rəˈlaɪ nə /
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noun
Microbiology. any of three species of the cyanobacteria genus Arthrospira, especially A. platensis, which is widely cultivated as a dietary supplement.
the dietary supplement itself, which is a source of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants: Add a spoonful of powdered spirulina to your morning smoothie.
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Origin of spirulina

First recorded in 1840–50; New Latin, equivalent to spīrul(a) “small coil” + -īna (adjective suffix); so called from their corkscrew shape; see spiral, -ina2, -ule,
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How to use spirulina in a sentence

  • 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
/ (ˌspɪrʊˈlaɪnə, -ˈliːnə) /

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

Word Origin for spirulina

from New Latin spirula small spiral
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