Definition of green algae in English:

green algae

plural noun

  • Photosynthetic algae which contain chlorophyll and store starch in discrete chloroplasts. They are eukaryotic and most live in fresh water, ranging from unicellular flagellates to more complex multicellular forms.

    Treated either as plants (division Chlorophyta) or as protozoans (phylum Chlorophyta, kingdom Protista). The classification of green algae is complex and under review

    • ‘Diatoms and green algae exhibited up to ninefold higher growth rates than those for cyanobacterial species.’
    • ‘A typical marine community consisted of these animals, plus red and green algae, primitive fish, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, and gastropods.’
    • ‘Mussels were kept in dechlorinated water and fed every other day with cultured green algae.’
    • ‘However, in the free state, these bacteria are generally found as filamentous green algae in fresh and brackish waters.’
    • ‘This microscopic, single-celled green algae contains more chlorophyll than any known plant - nearly four times the amount found in spirulina.’