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

  • n. A part of a filament of a cyanobacterium that detaches and grows by cell division into a new filament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small, motile filament, formed by some cyanobacteria, that detaches and grows by cell division into a new filament

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A chain of small cells in certain algæ, by which the plant is propagated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a special reproductive body in the nostocs, having the form of a chain of roundish cells, from which new cœnobia are formed. Also hormogone, hormogon.

Etymologies

New Latin : Greek hormos, chain, necklace; + Greek gonos, seed.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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