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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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