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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(Coccus spp.) can build up rapidly and severely damage perennial stands.
SHELLAC: Covering the twigs of trees in India and the Far East this is a resin secreted by the female lac-insects (Coccus lacca).
Q. coccifera is used for feeding cochineal insects (Coccus ilicis).
A near relative, a large brown = Coccus =, infests pomaceous trees, and is especially partial to the Pyracantha, which it often kills outright.
Scale of the Vine is = Pulvinaria = or = Coccus vitis =.
But while the Hymenoptera command our respect by an intellect that approaches the human, the Coccus tribe possesses only the lowest kind of instinct, and its females even pass the greater part of their lives in
But I have tasted the honey-like secretion of an Australian lecanium living; on the leaves of Eucalyptus dumosus; and the manna mentioned in Scripture is considered the secretion of Coccus manniparus
The dried red bodies of an insect (_Coccus Cacti_) found in Mexico are named Cochineal.
Kermes consists of the dried bodies of a small scale insect, _Coccus ilicis_, found principally on the ilex oak, in the South of Europe, and still used there.
Many scholars have identified the Biblical manna with the juice exuded by a variety of Tamarix gallica (Tamarix mannifera) when it is pricked by an insect (Coccus manniparus), and known to the Arabs as mann es-sama, "gift of heaven" or "heavenly manna".