[ dez-mid ]
/ ˈdɛz mɪd /
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any single-celled freshwater algae of the family Desmidiaceae, characterized by a division of the body into mirror-image halves joined by a bridge containing the nucleus, and having a spiny or bristly exterior: sometimes forming into colonies or branching filaments.
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Origin of desmid
1860–65; <New Latin Desmidium a genus of the family <Greek desm(ós) a band, chain (compare deîn to fasten) + New Latin -idium-idium
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How to use desmid in a sentence
The Desmid has a coat of cellulose, and a less graceful coat of cellulose encloses the Peridinean.The Story of Evolution|Joseph McCabe
British Dictionary definitions for desmid
/ (ˈdɛsmɪd) /
any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
Derived forms of desmiddesmidian, adjective
Word Origin for desmid
C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind
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