desmid

desmid

[dez-mid]
noun
any single-celled freshwater algae of the family Desmidiaceae, characterized by a division of the body into mirror-image halves joined by a bridge containing the nucleus, and having a spiny or bristly exterior: sometimes forming into colonies or branching filaments.

Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin Desmidium a genus of the family < Greek desm(ós) a band, chain (compare deîn to fasten) + Neo-Latin -idium -idium

desmidian, adjective
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desmid (ˈdɛsmɪd)
 
n
any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
 
[C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind]
 
des'midian
 
adj

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