cyanobacterium

cyanobacterium
cy·a·no·bac·te·ri·um (sī'ə-nō-băk-tîrʹē-əm, sī-ăn'ō-) n. pl. cy·a·no·bac·te·ri·a (-tîrʹē-ə)
A photosynthetic bacterium of the class Coccogoneae or Hormogoneae, generally blue-green in color and in some species capable of nitrogen fixation. Cyanobacteria were once thought to be algae. Also called blue-green alga.

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