blue-green alga

noun

plural blue-green algae also blue-green algas

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The algae partner can be either a green alga or a blue-green alga, known as cyanobacteria. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 17 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blue-green alga was in 1880

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“Blue-green alga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blue-green%20alga. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

blue-green alga

noun
ˌblü-ˌgrēn-
: any of a major group of microorganisms that typically live in water and undergo photosynthesis and that are now usually classified as bacteria or sometimes as plants

called also cyanobacterium

Medical Definition

blue-green alga

noun
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