Definition of Cyanobacteria in English:

Cyanobacteria

plural noun

Biology
  • 1A division of microorganisms that are related to the bacteria but are capable of photosynthesis. They are prokaryotic and represent the earliest known form of life on the earth.

    • ‘They occur only in Cyanobacteria and Rhodophyta.’
    • ‘The significant buildup probably began about two billion years ago, with the appearance of Cyanobacteria.’
    • ‘That is, all Cyanobacteria and algal chloroplasts are, together, all of the descendants of some unique common ancestral cyanobacterium.’
    • ‘Only Aquificales and Cyanobacteria do not present evidence of such a structuring, possibly because of a sampling effect, since only a few bacteria of these phyla have been presently sequenced.’
    • ‘Click on the buttons below to find out more about the Cyanobacteria.’
    1. 1.1Microorganisms of the Cyanobacteria division.
      Also called blue-green algae
      • ‘We conclude that there is no evidence available to support assignment of Halysis either to chlorophyte algae or to cyanobacteria.’
      • ‘Most of the lichen is composed of fungal filaments, but living among the filaments are algal cells, usually from a green alga or a cyanobacterium.’
      • ‘They have discovered cellulose biosynthesis in nine species of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae.’
      • ‘In Florida scrub, soil crusts include algae, cyanobacteria, and diatoms.’
      • ‘Unlike any other flagellate algae, they contain phycobilins as accessory photosynthetic pigments, as do red algae and cyanobacteria.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek kuaneos dark blue + plural of bacterium.

Pronunciation:

Cyanobacteria

/sīˌanō-//ˌsīənōbakˈtirēə/