spirulina

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noun spi·ru·lina \ˌspī-rə-ˈlī-nə, ˌspir-ə-ˈlē-\

Definition of spirulina

  1. :  a microscopic filamentous aquatic cyanobacterium (genus Spirulina, especially S. platensis synonym Arthrospira platensis) that is sometimes cultivated for use as food especially as a dietary supplement

Origin and Etymology of spirulina

New Latin, from spirula small coil, diminutive of Latin spira coil


First Known Use: 1846


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