Meaning of “chlorophyll” in the English Dictionary

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"chlorophyll" in British English

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chlorophyllnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈklɒr.ə.fɪl/ us /ˈklɔːr.ə.fɪl/

Examples from literature

  • Chlorophyll gives the leaves their green color. 
  • In choosing spores for germination it is best to select those of large size and containing abundant chlorophyll, as they germinate more readily. 
  • The cells of the plant that are rich in chlorophyll have the power to convert carbonic-acid gas into carbon and oxygen. 
  • The chlorophyll of the leaves and the hemoglobin of the blood are similar in constitution. 
  • The outer cells of the ground tissue in the green branches contain chlorophyll, and the walls of some of them are thickened. 

(Definition of “chlorophyll” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chlorophyll" in American English

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chlorophyllnoun [ U ]

us /ˈklɔr·əˌfɪl, ˈkloʊr-/

biology the green substance in plants that allows them to use the energy from the sun

(Definition of “chlorophyll” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)