red alga

noun

Definition of red alga

: any of a division (Rhodophyta) of chiefly marine algae that have predominantly red pigmentation

Examples of red alga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cryptophytes are the result of a merger between two organisms: a red alga that was engulfed by another unknown eukaryote (an organism with cells that contain enclosed nuclei). Viviane Callier, Smithsonian, "This Type of Algae Absorbs More Light for Photosynthesis Than Other Plants," 23 Oct. 2019

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Red alga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20alga. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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red alga

noun

Medical Definition of red alga

: any of a division (Rhodophyta) of chiefly marine algae that have predominantly red pigmentation

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