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glochidium

[gloh-kid-ee-uh m] /gloʊˈkɪd i əm/
noun, plural glochidia
[gloh-kid-ee-uh] /gloʊˈkɪd i ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
2.
the larva of a freshwater mussel of the family Unionidae that lives as a temporary parasite in the gills or on other external parts of fishes.
Origin of glochidium
1895-1900
1895-1900; < New Latin < Greek glōch(ís) point of an arrow + -idion diminutive suffix
Related forms
glochidial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glochidium

glochidium

/ɡləʊˈkɪdɪəm/
noun (pl) -chidia (-ˈkɪdɪə)
1.
a barbed hair, esp among the spore masses of water ferns and on certain other plants
2.
a parasitic larva of certain freshwater mussels that attaches itself to the fins or gills of fish by hooks or suckers
Derived Forms
glochidiate, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek glōkhis projecting point
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