[ gloh-kid-ee-uhm ]
/ gloʊˈkɪd i əm /
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noun, plural glo·chid·i·a [gloh-kid-ee-uh]. /gloʊˈkɪd i ə/.
the larva of a freshwater mussel of the family Unionidae that lives as a temporary parasite in the gills or on other external parts of fishes.
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Origin of glochidium
1895–1900; <New Latin <Greek glōch(ís) point of an arrow + -idion diminutive suffix
OTHER WORDS FROM glochidiumglo·chid·i·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for glochidium
/ (ɡləʊˈkɪdɪəm) /
noun plural -chidia (-ˈkɪdɪə)
a barbed hair, esp among the spore masses of water ferns and on certain other plants
a parasitic larva of certain freshwater mussels that attaches itself to the fins or gills of fish by hooks or suckers
Derived forms of glochidiumglochidiate, adjective
Word Origin for glochidium
C19: from New Latin, from Greek glōkhis projecting point
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