from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bacillus that is short and oval in shape.
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- n. any bacillus that has a short oval shape
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A very short bacillus resembling a coccus, as the coccobacillus of swine-plague.
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- n. a bacterial cell intermediate in morphology between a coccus and a bacillus; a very short bacillus
cocc(us) + bacillus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)