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desmid

[ dez-mid ]
/ ˈdɛz mɪd /
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noun
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

OTHER WORDS FROM desmid

des·mid·i·an, adjective
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for desmid

desmid
/ (ˈdɛsmɪd) /

noun
any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves

Derived forms of desmid

desmidian, adjective

Word Origin for desmid

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