Definition of spirulina in US English:



  • 1Filamentous cyanobacteria which form tangled masses in warm alkaline lakes in Africa and Central and South America.

    Genus Spirulina, division Cyanobacteria

    • ‘In fact, African flamingos get their pink color from eating a diet super-rich in the pinkish blue-green algae, spirulina.’
    • ‘Wading in the lake shallows, they stir up organic matter with their bills, including mollusks and crustaceans and the bird's favorite meal, spirulina, a type of nontoxic blue-green algae.’
    • ‘You probably realize that spirulina has been used by NASA for their astronauts and is currently being grown in at least 40 countries.’
    • ‘Whenua Hou was declared predator-free two years ago, and birds are fed a special supplementary diet of egg protein, spirulina, and walnut essence.’
    • ‘The nine basic ingredients that Lasseur plans to grow on other planets are: rice, onions, tomatoes, soya, potatoes, lettuce, spinach, wheat and spirulina - all common ingredients except the last.’
    1. 1.1 Spirulina dried and prepared as a food or food additive, which is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals.
      • ‘Dunaliella, spirulina, wild blue green algae, wheat and barley grass, chorella, carrot, sweet potato, kale, parsley, and spinach are excellent sources of Vitamin A, listed in order of highest content.’
      • ‘I don't have time to make the detox elixir, so instead I take a good green powder with spirulina and wheat grass.’
      • ‘Other sources of omega 6 EFA's are human breast milk, soya beans, walnuts, spirulina and lecithin.’
      • ‘Stir in the sesame seeds and spirulina, if using.’
      • ‘Liquid formulas and pills containing such herbs as spirulina and milk thistle, chlorophyll, red clover, echinacea and licorice root are ingested.’
      • ‘But my personal preference, for a tasty and healthy appetizer, is to match it with spirulina gomasio - my greatest condiment discovery for this winter!’
      • ‘A much better mixture is a combination of one tablespoon each of spirulina, soy flour, and active dry yeast, added to a pint of water.’
      • ‘Grasses, including barley, oat, rye, wheat grass, and alfalfa - technically a legume - are generally higher in fiber, while water greens like spirulina and chlorella tend to be higher in protein.’
      • ‘Researchers say spirulina may ward off cancer and protect your brain from age-related mental decline.’
      • ‘A diet that includes blueberries, spinach or spirulina, a type of green algae, reduces the brain damage caused by stroke.’
      • ‘Shake the spirulina with some of the juice in a jar before mixing it with the rest.’
      • ‘But this is where I get my weird soya milk, wheatgerm, banana and spirulina smoothies each and every day…’
      • ‘The series provides human-grade ingredients (no by-products or rendered fats) and healthful extras like spirulina, flax seed and cranberries.’
      • ‘While still damp, coat one side with ground lobster roe and the other side with spirulina; allow to dry.’
      • ‘A type of blue-green algae that also used to be a popular health boost at juice bars, spirulina is now sold as a supplement as well.’
      • ‘In 1981, the FDA declared spirulina ineffective for weight loss, and no subsequent studies to the contrary have been published.’
      • ‘Foods rich in GLA are spirulina, evening primrose oil, borage oil, and black currant seed oil.’
      • ‘I also find spirulina and chlorella cleansing, and milk thistle is good with a longer detox.’
      • ‘In the US, the popularity of Spirulina is primarily as a ‘health food’, being sold in stores as a dried powder or in tablet form.’
      • ‘So alongside the organic soft drinks, spirulina and pure juices, she still stocks regular fizzies.’


Modern Latin, from spirula ‘small spiral (shell)’.