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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

blue-green alga \blue"-green al"ga\ pl. blue"-green al"gae [from the color and resemblance to algae.] any of a group of photosynthetic microorganisms possessing characteristics of both bacteria and plants. When classed as bacteria, they are assigned to the Cyanobacteria; when classed as plants, they are assigned to the Cyanophyta. They are now known to be prokaryotic, and are usually called cyanobacteria in technical contexts. See cyanobacterium. [PJC]