from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the separable carpels of a dry fruit.
- n. A genus of hemipterous insects, including scale insects, and the cochineal insect (Coccus cacti).
- n. A form of bacteria, shaped like a globule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pl. cocci (-sī). In botany: One of the separate divisions of a schizocarp, or dry lobed pericarp which splits up into one-seeded cells. Also called coccule.
- n. In certain Hepaticæ, the old spore mother-cell, whose walls persist after the maturity of the spores, holding them together.
- n. plural In bacteria, isolated spherical or nearly spherical cells, especially those of the genus Micrococcus, as distinguished from the rodlets or bacilli of other genera.
- n. [capitalized] The typical genus of the family Coccidæ, in which ordinary sexual reproduction takes place.
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- n. any spherical or nearly spherical bacteria
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