Definition of Glochidium

1. Noun. A barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti).

Exact synonyms: Glochid
Generic synonyms: Pricker, Prickle, Spikelet, Spine, Sticker, Thorn



Definition of Glochidium

1. n. The larva or young of the mussel, formerly thought to be a parasite upon the parent's gills.

Definition of Glochidium

1. Noun. (zoology) The larva or young of the mussel. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Glochidium

1. [n -DIA]

Medical Definition of Glochidium

1. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. The point of an arrow. The larva or young of the mussel, formerly thought to be a parasite upon the parent's gills. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Glochidium

globulus
globus
globus cruciger
globus hystericus
globus major
globus pallidus
globus pallidus necrosis
globy
glocal
glocalisation
glocalization
glochid
glochidia
glochidiate
glochidium (current term)
glochids
glockenspiel
glockenspiels
glode
glodes
gloeocystidium
glogg
gloggs
gloire
gloires
glom
glom on
glom onto
glomal

Literary usage of Glochidium

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1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"... they may develop within the gill-plates of the mother, though without presenting such a specialized larva as the glochidium. An example of the former is ..."

2. The Cambridge Natural History by Arthur Everett Shipley, Sidney Frederic Harmer (1895)
"The mother Anodonta does not always retain the glochidium until fish are in her ... Gentle stirring of the water caused them to emit glochidium in large ..."

3. The Natural History of Some Common Animals by Oswald Hawkins Latter (1904)
"When once the glochidium has laid hold it never relaxes its grip. If a hard part, such as a spine of a stickleback, has been seized the ..."

4. A Course on Practical Elementary Biology by John Bidgood (1893)
"The glochidium is triangular. It has two valves, each provided with teeth ... It is not until autumn that the glochidium quits the parent and swims freely ..."

5. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"The glochidium has a shell (sh) consisting of two valves which are hooked in ... The glochidium probably chemically stimulates the skin of the fish to grow ..."

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