- any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.
Origin of spirulina
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Historical Examples of spirulina
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.
- 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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