glo|chid|i|um «gloh KIHD ee uhm», noun, plural -i|a «-ee uh».
a tiny, bivalve larva of certain freshwater mussels that lives as a parasite on fish in its early stages.
[< New Latin glochidium; see etym. under glochidiate (because it is barbed at the tip) (Cf.glochidiate)]

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  • glo|chid|i|ate — «gloh KIHD ee ayt», adjective. Botany, Zoology. barbed at the tip, as a hair or bristle. ╂[< New Latin glochidium barbed hair of a plant (diminutive) < Greek glōchís point of an arrow + English ate1] …   Useful english dictionary

  • chid — ar·a·chid·ic; ar·chid·i·um; bra·chid·i·um; cen·trar·chid; chid·ing·ly; glo·chid; glo·chid·e·ous; glo·chid·i·al; glo·chid·i·ate; glo·chid·i·um; hal·chid·ho·ma; mon·or·chid·ism; on·chid·i·um; or·chid; or·chid·ist; or·chid·ol·o·gist;… …   English syllables

  • glo — an·glo·gae·an; an·glo·hel·ve·ti·um; an·glo·ma·nia; an·glo·ma·ni·ac; an·glo·phile; an·glo·phil·ia; an·glo·phobe; an·glo·pho·bia; carb·he·mo·glo·bin; car·bon·yl·he·mo·glo·bin; car·boxy·he·mo·glo·bin; cho·le·glo·bin; con·glo·ba·tion; glo·bal·i·ty;… …   English syllables

  • glochid — glo·chid …   English syllables

  • glochidial — glo·chid·i·al …   English syllables

  • glochidium — glo·chid·i·um …   English syllables

  • glochidium — glo•chid•i•um [[t]gloʊˈkɪd i əm[/t]] n. pl. chid•i•a [[t] ˈkɪd i ə[/t]] 1) bot a short hair, bristle, or spine having a barbed tip 2) ivt the larva of a freshwater mussel of the family Unionidae: a parasite of fishes • Etymology: 1895–1900; <… …   From formal English to slang

  • glochid — glo·chid (gloґkid) a small barbed hair or bristle found on certain species of cactus, such as the prickly pears (species Opuntia), a common cause of mechanical irritant dermatitis …   Medical dictionary

  • glochideous — glo·chid·e·ous …   English syllables

  • glochidiate — glo·chid·i·ate …   English syllables

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