green alga


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green alga

n.
Any of numerous mostly freshwater algae, such as spirogyra and sea lettuce, that usually have chlorophyll unmasked by other pigments. The green algae traditionally comprised the division Chlorophyta but are now thought to consist of more than one evolutionary lineage.
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