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purple bacteria

plural noun
a group of Gram-negative pink to purplish-brown bacteria, comprising the purple sulfur bacteria and purple nonsulfur bacteria, that occur in anaerobic aquatic environments and carry out a unique form of photosynthesis without oxygen, using the pigment bacteriochlorophyll.
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1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There are also other bacteria (sulphur-bacteria, purple-bacteria, etc.) that show various peculiarities of metabolism.

    The Wonders of Life Ernst Haeckel

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