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desmid

[dez-mid] /ˈdɛz mɪd/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin Desmidium a genus of the family < Greek desm(ós) a band, chain (compare deîn to fasten) + Neo-Latin -idium -idium
Related forms
desmidian, adjective
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desmid

/ˈdɛsmɪd/
noun
1.
any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
Derived Forms
desmidian, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind
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