- any of a genus (Spirulina) of blue-green algae, some of which are dried and used as a food or a nutritional supplement
- this food or supplement
Origin of spirulinaModern Latin ; from spirula, small coil ; from Classical Latin spira, a coil: see spire
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.
Origin of spirulinaNew Latin Sp&imacron;rul&imacron;na, genus name, from Late Latin sp&imacron;rula, twisted cake; see spirula.