- a jellylike mass of microorganisms.
Origin of zooglea
1875–80; zoo- + New Latin gloea gum < Greek gloía glue
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Examples from the Web for zoogloea
It is these bacteria which form the zoogloea of the "mother of vinegar," though this film may contain other organisms as well.
- a mass of bacteria adhering together by a jelly-like substance derived from their cell walls
C19: zoo- + New Latin gloea glue, from Greek gloia
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