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

Examples of spirulina in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mix 1 tablespoon of organic spirulina, 2 tablespoon of water or fresh lime or lemon juice, and 1/2 tablespoon of organic honey into a paste. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "Easy Homemade Hair Masks for Healthier Strands," 22 Apr. 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, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 In Marrakech, it’s given a dusting of desert by way of blue spirulina, which pays homage to the bright blue tint of the city’s famed Majorelle Garden. Sara Lieberman, Fortune, "Find some of the world’s best Italian food in Morocco," 1 Feb. 2020 Shoppers will be loading their carts with items that are natural, minimally processed or deemed to be super foods with medicinal benefits like micro greens, the plant ashwagandha or the algae spirulina. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Cauliflower? Kimchi? Pho? They're what's for dinner in 2020," 19 Dec. 2019 Eat protein-rich plant foods: soy products (tofu, tempeh, and edamame), legumes (beans, lentils), nuts (walnuts, almonds), chia seeds, and spirulina (blue or green algae). Harvard Health Letter, chicagotribune.com, "Is it safe to go vegan in older age?," 2 Dec. 2019 Hot Shots Jump-start your day with twoounce shots of Run Chicken (lemon, ginger, cayenne, Asian ginseng) or Uncle Curtis (beets, ginger, spirulina, cayenne) at Juiceheads in Atlanta. Dwight Brown, Essence, "Discover Tasty Vegan Cuisine At These Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants," 19 Nov. 2019 After the 28-day study period, the researchers found that those who received the spirulina cream did show more water retention in the outer layer of the skin compared to those who got the control cream. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Can Spirulina and Other Algae Skin-Care Products Live Up to the Hype?," 13 Aug. 2019 It's made of a tropical creme Frappuccino base with dashes of red beets, turmeric and spirulina to give red, yellow and blue hues. Allen Kim, CNN, "What does tie-dye taste like? Find out with Starbucks' new Frappuccino," 10 July 2019

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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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“Spirulina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirulina. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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