noun, plural go·nid·i·a [goh-nid-ee-uh] /goʊˈnɪd i ə/.
(in algae) any one-celled asexual reproductive body, as a tetraspore or zoospore.
an algal cell, or a filament of an alga, growing within the thallus of a lichen.
Origin of gonidium
1835–45;Related formsgo·nid·i·al, go·nid·ic, adjectivego·nid·i·oid, adjectivein·ter·go·nid·i·al, adjective
< New Latin,
equivalent to gon- gon-
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noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
Derived Formsgonidial or gonidic, adjective
a green algal cell in the thallus of a lichen
an asexual reproductive cell in some colonial algae
Word Origin for gonidium
C19: from New Latin, diminutive from gono-
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An asexual reproductive cell found in certain algae that form colonies. Gonidia undergo repeated mitoses to form new colonies, which then hatch out of the parent colonies.
A chlorophyll-bearing, photosynthetic algal cell housed in the thallus of a lichen.
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