spi·​ru·​lina | \ ˌspī-rə-ˈlī-nə How to pronounce spirulina (audio) , ˌspir-ə-ˈlē-\

Definition of spirulina

: 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

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The drinks were not your average martinis and mojitos: the former was transformed with cider vinegar, carrots, and turmeric, while the latter got a moody twist with dark green spirulina. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "Dada Daily Throws a Surrealist Dinner at One of New York’s Most Resplendent Apartments," 30 Mar. 2019 Popcorn That Speeds Your MetabolismChinatown eatery Dimes keeps their to-go clients coming back for a trio of popcorn recipes spiked with metabolism-boosting cayenne pepper, beta-carotene-rich spirulina, and anti-inflammatory turmeric. Mackenzie Wagoner, Vogue, "The Perfect Super Bowl Snack Exists—Now Here’s How To Eat It," 3 Feb. 2019 The product also boasts an innovative bonding polymer, which, combined with the spirulina, mimics the coating of the keratin treatment. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "The IGK Good Behavior Smoothing Spray Is Like a Keratin Treatment in a Bottle," 28 July 2018 The science behind those dishes has been distilled into a blue-hued bar made with spirulina alongside cassava and chicory root fiber. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Best On-the-Go Snacks to Get Before Holiday Travel Season," 6 Nov. 2018 So far, spirulina remains the food of the perpetual future. The Economist, "The future of food, served up right here in augmented reality," 7 July 2018 But while strong, spirulina’s growth rate has been declining, while algae products highlighting omega-3 or DHA are growing. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 The United Nations has endorsed spirulina as a promising food for the future—back in 1974. The Economist, "The future of food, served up right here in augmented reality," 7 July 2018 Space10 actually presented a few new possible additions to the IKEA cafeteria menu, including a meatless hot dog served on a bright-green spirulina bun and a completely vegetarian meatball made of beets, carrots, and parsnips. refinery29.com, "IKEA’s Kitchen Is Testing A Special New Ingredient: Mealworms," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spirulina

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spirulina

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

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