Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bacterium having a spherical or spheroidal shape.

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  • noun Any approximately spherical bacterium

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, from Greek kokkos, grain, seed.]

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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek κόκκος (kokkos, "grain, seed")

Examples

  • I'm a coccus, which is a round bacteria, or sometimes two stuck together.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • I'm a coccus, which is a round bacteria, or sometimes two stuck together.

    Neisseria gonorrhoeae

  • This rough estimate applies to the globular and the egg-shaped bacteria, to which is given the name "coccus" (plural, cocci).

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 810, July 11, 1891

  • Maque is a yet another application of lacquer upon a base of wood, generally a shallow bowl (batea), with the addition of an essential element - "aje," an animal fat extracted from the female insect coccus axin from the Tierra Caliente.

    The artesanias of Michoacan - an introduction

  • Maque is a yet another application of lacquer upon a base of wood, generally a shallow bowl (batea), with the addition of an essential element - "aje," an animal fat extracted from the female insect coccus axin from the Tierra Caliente.

    The artesanias of Michoacan - an introduction

  • Maque is a yet another application of lacquer upon a base of wood, generally a shallow bowl (batea), with the addition of an essential element - "aje," an animal fat extracted from the female insect coccus axin from the Tierra Caliente.

    The artesanias of Michoacan - an introduction

  • The insect, Dactylopius coccus, isn't a beetle; it belongs to the Hemipterae (true bugs), not the Coleopterae (beetles).

    Cochineal and relatives

  • I am a Gram Positive coccus, but I am not a B haemolytic strep.

    Streptococcus sanguis

  • I'm a Gram Positive coccus and a B heamolytic strep.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • I am a Gram Positive coccus, but I am not a B haemolytic strep.

    Archive 2006-12-01

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