American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various freshwater algae of the genus Anabaena that sometimes occur in drinking water and cause a bad taste and odor.
- 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)
“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.”
“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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