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Any of several bluish phycobiliproteins that are found especially in cyanobacteria.
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(ˌfaɪ koʊˈsaɪ ə nɪn)

a blue protein pigment, present in algae, that is involved in photosynthesis.
[1870–75; phyco- + Greek kýan(os) azurite (see cyano-1) + -in1]
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Noun1.phycocyanin - blue pigment in algae
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
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