Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various freshwater algae of the genus Anabaena that sometimes occur in drinking water and cause a bad taste and odor.

Etymologies

New Latin Anabaena, genus name, from Greek anabainein, to go up : ana-, ana- + bainein, to go; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The advisory first was issued on Sept. 16 after anabaena flos-aquae, a potentially toxic form of bacteria that can be harmful to people or pets if they ingest or inhale it, was found in the lake.

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  • The lake northeast of Shady Cove cleared its last water-quality hurdle Friday when tests showed extremely low levels of anabaena flos-aquae, the strain of blue-green algae that health officials say can be harmful to people or pets who come into contact with it.

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