a short hair, bristle, or spine having a barbed tip.
Also, glochis [gloh-kis] .

1880–90; < Greek glōchid-, stem of glōchís arrow point

glochidiate [gloh-kid-ee-it, -eyt] , adjective Unabridged
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glochidium (ɡləʊˈkɪdɪəm)
n , pl -chidia
1.  a barbed hair, esp among the spore masses of water ferns and on certain other plants
2.  a parasitic larva of certain freshwater mussels that attaches itself to the fins or gills of fish by hooks or suckers
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek glōkhis projecting point]

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