noun, plural gonidia /goʊˈnɪdiə/ [goh-nid-ee-uh] Show IPA .
(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: 1835–45; Related forms
equivalent to gon- gon-
gonidial, gonidic, adjective