American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Zoology The parasitic larva of certain freshwater mussels of the family Unionidae, having hooks for attaching to the gills or other external parts of a host fish.
- n. Botany Variant of glochid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] In zoology, a generic name given to the young of certain fresh-water mussels, as Unio and Anodonta, which are hatched in the gills of the parent, and were at one time supposed to be parasites. Rathke
- n. In botany, a hair-like appendage to the massulæ of heterosporous Filicineæ, by which the massulæ attach themselves to the macrospores after both have been discharged into the water.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The larva or young of the mussel, formerly thought to be a parasite upon the parent's gills.
- n. a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)
- Ancient Greek the point of an arrow. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin glōchidium : Greek glōkhīs, barb of an arrow + Latin -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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very comprehensive list
of molluscs,who does not like
calamari? hmm yum
100,000 species just in molluscs
O before U.
These have some growing up to do.
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