anabaena

anabaena

[an-uh-bee-nuh]
noun
any of the freshwater algae of the genus Anabaena, commonly occurring in masses and often contaminating drinking water, giving it a fishy odor and taste.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin < Greek anabaín(ein) to go up (ana- ana- + baínein to go) + Latin -a -a2

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anabaena (ˌænəˈbiːnə)
 
n , pl -nas
any freshwater alga of the genus Anabaena, sometimes occurring in drinking water, giving it a fishy taste and smell
 
[New Latin, from Greek anabainein to shoot up, go up, from ana- + bainein to go; so called because they rise to the surface at intervals]

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