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desmid

[dez-mid]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formsdes·mid·i·an, adjective
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  • 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

desmid

noun
  1. any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
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Derived Formsdesmidian, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind
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