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 colored powders get their hues from turmeric, beets and spirulina. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "We tried the Starbucks Tie Dye Frappuccino. Here's what it really tastes like," 10 July 2019 The colors come from natural sources — beet, turmeric and spirulina — which is a pretty hippie recipe, Starbucks. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "The Starbucks Tie-Dye Frappuccino tastes like Laffy Taffy and disenchantment," 10 July 2019 Popular choices include the Green Bowl (with organic graviola, spirulina and hemp seeds), Dragon Bowl (featuring organic pitaya, coconut milk and bananas) and Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries and honey). Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Vitality Bowls brings açaí bowl craze to Rocky River," 28 June 2019 Some, such as spirulina, can contain up to 70 percent protein in dry weight, and have all the essential amino acids that humans need to survive. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, "Raising the Steaks: How One City in the Netherlands Wants to Feed the World," 13 Mar. 2019 Jamba said its beverages can now also be made with spirulina, oat milk, matcha and pea protein. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Jamba Juice is dropping 'juice' from its name," 6 June 2019 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

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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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