[kahy-trid, ki-]


any of the simple, algaelike fungi constituting the class Chytridiomycetes, order Chytridiales, of aquatic and soil environments, having flagellated zoospores and little or no mycelium.

Origin of chytrid

< New Latin Chytridiales, equivalent to Chytridi(um) the type genus (< Greek chytrídion, diminutive of chýtra pipkin) + -ales -ales Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019