[ gloh-kid-ee-uh m ]
/ gloʊˈkɪd i əm /

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.

Origin of glochidium

1895–1900; < New Latin < Greek glōch(ís) point of an arrow + -idion diminutive suffix

Related forms

glo·chid·i·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

glochidiate, adjective

Word Origin for glochidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek glōkhis projecting point
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