algae

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • plural noun tiny plants living in water or in moist conditions, which contain chlorophyll and have no stems or roots or leaves

Food

  • Non-self-supporting vegetable-like organisms which flourish in fresh or salt water, generally greenish in colour, ranging in size from the microscopic to enormous (e.g. with 100-metre-long fronds). Of culinary importance are the microscopic Chlorella and Spirulina, which are used as health foods, and the larger seaweeds, used either as vegetables or as a source of various food-thickening agents.
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