blue-green algae
blue-green alga lue"-green al"ga pl. {blue"-green al"gae} [from the color and resemblance to algae.] any of a group of photosynthetic microorganisms possessing characteristics of both bacteria and plants. When classed as bacteria, they are assigned to the Cyanobacteria; when classed as plants, they are assigned to the Cyanophyta. They are now known to be prokaryotic, and are usually called {cyanobacteria} in technical contexts. See {cyanobacterium}. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • blue-green algae — [blo͞o′grēn′] pl.n. any of a division (Cyanophycota) of photosynthetic monerans, microorganisms that contain a blue pigment which obscures the chlorophyll; cyanobacteria …   English World dictionary

  • blue-green algae — Biol. a widely distributed group of predominantly photosynthetic prokaryotic organisms of the subkingdom Cyanophyta, resembling phototrophic bacteria, occurring singly or in colonies in diverse habitats: some species can fix atmospheric nitrogen …   Universalium

  • blue-green algae — cyanobacterium cyanobacterium pl. cyanobacteria cyanobacteria [from the pigment phycocyanin.] any of a group of photosynthetic autotrophic prokaryotic microorganisms possessing characteristics of both bacteria and plants. When classed as bacteria …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • blue-green algae — blue′ green al′gae n. pl. mcr any of various groups of prokaryotic microorganisms of the phylum Cyanophyta, containing chlorophyll and a blue pigment Also called cyanobacteria • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • blue-green algae — /ˌblu grin ˈældʒi/ (say .blooh green aljee) plural noun a poisonous blue green growth resembling algae occurring in stagnant fresh water in hot weather. See cyanobacteria …   Australian English dictionary

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  • blue-green algae — Group of prokaryotes that should now be referred to as Cyanobacteria …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • blue-green algae — Cyanobacteria …   Medical dictionary

  • blue-green algae — plural noun another term for cyanobacteria …   English new terms dictionary

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