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Related to spirulina: chlorella
Any of several cyanobacteria of the genus Arthrospira (formerly Spirulina) that are grown in bulk, dried, and used as nutritional supplements for their high levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals.
[New Latin Spīrulīna, genus name, from Late Latin spīrula, twisted cake; see spirula.]
(Biochemistry) any filamentous cyanobacterium of the genus Spirulina: processed as a valuable source of proteins and other nutrients
[from New Latin spirula small spiral]
spi•ru•li•na(ˌspaɪ rəˈlaɪ nə)
n., pl. -nas.
any of the blue-green algae of the genus Spirulina, sometimes added to food for its nutrient value.