alga

noun
al·ga | \ ˈal-gə \
plural algae\ˈal-(ˌ)jē \ also algas

Definition of alga 

: a plant or plantlike organism of any of several phyla, divisions, or classes of chiefly aquatic usually chlorophyll-containing nonvascular organisms of polyphyletic origin that usually include the green, yellow-green, brown, and red algae in the eukaryotes and especially formerly the cyanobacteria in the prokaryotes

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Other words from alga

algal \-gəl \ adjective

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By looking at frozen samples under an electron microscope, scientists were able to zero in on nanostructures in the alga’s cells that are about 1000 times smaller than a human hair is thick. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Scientists uncover the secret behind shimmering seaweed," 13 Apr. 2018 In high tide, when less light reaches the alga, the crystals may capture some of the sunlight and pass it on to the surrounding chloroplasts for photosynthesis. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Scientists uncover the secret behind shimmering seaweed," 13 Apr. 2018 The consequent flood of data is helping researchers determine which genes are behind a coral’s, an alga’s or a bacterium’s fragility or resilience. The Economist, "Mass die-offs are driving efforts to create hardier corals," 15 Mar. 2018 This distinctive form of the freshwater alga Aegagropila linnaei is exceedingly rare. National Geographic, "One of the World's Most Unusual Plants Is Disappearing," 8 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of alga

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alga

Latin, seaweed

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alga

noun
al·ga | \ ˈal-gə \
plural algae\ˈal-ˌjē \

Kids Definition of alga

: any of a large group of simple plants and plant-like organisms (as a seaweed) that usually grow in water and produce chlorophyll like plants but do not produce seeds

alga

noun
al·ga | \ ˈal-gə \
plural algae\ˈal-(ˌ)jē \ also algas

Medical Definition of alga 

: a plant or plantlike organism of any of several phyla, divisions, or classes of chiefly aquatic usually chlorophyll-containing nonvascular organisms of polyphyletic origin that usually include the green, yellow-green, brown, and red algae in the eukaryotes and especially formerly included the cyanobacteria in the prokaryotes

Other words from alga

algal \-gəl \ adjective

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