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noun Zoology.
  1. the cell within which a nematocyst is developed.
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Origin of cnidoblast

First recorded in 1880–85; cnido- + -blast
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Historical Examples

  • The entire nematocyst is enclosed in the cnidoblast which formed it.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2


  • In the cnidoblast cells, those with the stinging threads, there is a very wide departure from the simple primitive type of cells.

British Dictionary definitions for cnidoblast


  1. zoology any of the cells of a coelenterate that contain nematocysts
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin cnida, from Greek knidē nettle + -blast
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