|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|the plural of coccus|
|—n , pl -ci|
|1.||bacillus Compare spirillum any spherical or nearly spherical bacterium, such as a staphylococcus|
|2.||the part of a fruit that contains one seed and separates from the whole fruit at maturity|
|3.||any of the scale insects of the genus Coccus|
|[C18: from New Latin, from Greek kokkos berry, grain]|
coccus coc·cus (kŏk'əs)
n. pl. coc·ci (kŏk'sī, kŏk'ī)
A bacterium of round, spheroidal, or ovoid form.
|coccus (kŏk'əs) Pronunciation Key
Plural cocci (kŏk'sī, kŏk'ī)
Any of various bacteria having a round or ovoid form such as streptococcus or staphylococcus, usually grouped in chains.