Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various green unicellular chiefly freshwater algae of the order Desmidiales, reproducing through conjugation and sometimes forming filaments or colonies.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the order Desmidiaceæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A microscopic plant of the family Desmidiæ, a group of unicellular algæ in which the species have a greenish color, and the cells generally appear as if they consisted of two coalescing halves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of about 5000 species of mostly unicellular freshwater green algae belonging to the order Desmidiales.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun freshwater green algae

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Desmidiāceae, family name, from Desmidium, type genus, from Greek desmos, bond, from dein, to bind.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek δεσμός (desmos, "ligature, ligament, bond").

Examples

  • She returned to New Zealand in the fifties and wrote the three definitive books on desmid taxonomy.

    Yatima » 2010 » March

  • She returned to New Zealand in the fifties and wrote the three definitive books on desmid taxonomy.

    betty flint – ada lovelace day

  • Closterium - Closterium is a desmid, a microscopic green algae that occurs in all types of freshwater habitats.

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  • Strikingly symmetrical, each individual desmid is divided into two mirror-image halves, or semicells, which are connected by an isthmus that contains the nucleus.

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  • Strikingly symmetrical, each individual desmid is divided into two mirror-image halves, or semicells, which are connected by an isthmus that contains the nucleus.

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  • Closterium - Closterium is a desmid, a microscopic green algae that occurs in all types of freshwater habitats.

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  • Strikingly symmetrical, each individual desmid is divided into two mirror-image halves, or semicells, which are connected by an isthmus that contains the nucleus.

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  • Strikingly symmetrical, each individual desmid is divided into two mirror-image halves, or semicells, which are connected by an isthmus that contains the nucleus.

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