Green-alga meaning

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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Any of various photosynthetic protists belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. The green algae share many characteristics with plants, notably in their having chlorophylls a and b, in their storage of food as starch, and in the composition of their cell walls from cellulose or other polysaccharides. The green algae show a great variety of body types, ranging from unicellular forms to filaments to leaflike thalli, and many species live in colonies. Green algae also show a variety of reproductive processes, both sexual, by the formation of conjugating gametes or the exchange of nuclei through conjugation tubes, and asexual, by means of spores. Green algae are mostly aquatic, in both freshwater and marine environments. However, many species live on land or in the soil, and even in extreme environments, such as the surface of snow. Green algae are not always green, since they produce carotenoid pigments that can give them orange or red colors. Some lichens consist of a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a green alga. Sea moss and the common pond scum Spirogyra are green algae.
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(biology) Any of very many organisms, of the division Chlorophyta, that grow in damp places; a chlorophyte.
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