any freshwater, unicellular green alga of the genus Chlorella.

1890; < Neo-Latin; see chlor-1, -ella

chlorellaceous [klawr-uh-ley-shuhs, klohr-] , adjective Unabridged
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chlorella (klɔːˈrɛlə, klə-)
any microscopic unicellular green alga of the genus Chlorella: some species are used in the preparation of human food
[C19: from New Latin, from chloro- + Latin -ella, diminutive suffix]

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