spi·​ru·​lina | \ˌspī-rə-ˈlī-nə, 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 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 The bun is made with spirulina, or micro-algae, and is literally green. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "The Future of Fast Food Might Be Mealworm Burgers," 12 Mar. 2018 Add spirulina, garlic powder, 1½ teaspoons nutritional yeast, black pepper and salt to taste, and blend to incorporate. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Caesar Salads That Wow: Standout Variations on a Beloved Classic," 13 Dec. 2017 Meanwhile, the New York Times flagged spirulina as a top trend last December. Kate Dwyer, Bon Appetit, "What Do This Year’s Biggest Food Trends All Have in Common?," 10 Oct. 2017

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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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