chlo·​rel·​la klə-ˈre-lə How to pronounce chlorella (audio)
: any of a genus (Chlorella) of unicellular green algae

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Padina pavonica, chlorella, and ginkgo biloba are the plant actives fueling Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 12 Oct. 2022 More to Know: Persian acacia, chlorella, soy peptide, and white willow extracts are only a few of the ingredients that power Sisley’s light coverage foundation. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2022 It's powered by vitamin E and chlorella, both of which are known for their revitalizing effect. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 22 Nov. 2021 Like the Marine Cream, the Tri-Acid Peel also uses nourishing Padina pavonica and chlorella (another nourishing algae), but factors in a blend of lactobionic, asiatic, and mandelic acids—ingredients that gently exfoliate. Marianne Mychaskiw, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Nov. 2020 The gluten-free snack gets its deep green color from vitamin-rich spirulina and chlorella (a favorite algae in the wellness world) and isn’t just a clump of dessert-like mush disguised as nourishment. Sunset Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020 The small, effervescent capsule contains eight essential greens — spinach, kale, spiraling, chlorella, barley grass, blue-green algae, aloe vera and wheatgrass — to give you a boost and a huge dose of vitamins C, B5, B6 and B12. Grace Gavilanes,, 17 Dec. 2019 Favorite flavors: Purple Rain, with blueberries and ginger root, and Believe, a mossy green tonic supercharged with lemon balm, juniper berries, and chlorella. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 28 Aug. 2019 The bun was enriched with chlorella, a microalga, and the sauce laced with sea lettuce, another common algae. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, 13 Mar. 2019 See More

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek chlōros

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chlorella was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Chlorella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



chlo·​rel·​la klə-ˈrel-ə How to pronounce chlorella (audio)
: any of a genus of single-celled green algae that have been grown as a possible source of food

Medical Definition



chlo·​rel·​la klə-ˈrel-ə How to pronounce chlorella (audio)
capitalized : a genus of unicellular green algae potentially a source of high-grade protein and B-complex vitamins
: any alga of the genus Chlorella

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