glochidium[glō kid′ē əm]
- Bot. a barbed hair or bristle, as on certain cactuses or on the spore masses of ferns
- Zool. the parasitic larval stage of freshwater mussels (family Unionidae) which infests the gills, etc. of many fishes
Origin of glochidiumModern Latin ; from Classical Greek glōchis, point (see gloss) + Modern Latin -idium, diminutive suffix ; from Classical Greek -idion
The parasitic larva of most freshwater mussels, having hooks for attaching to the gills or other external parts of a host fish.
Origin of glochidiumNew Latin glōchidium : Greek glōkhīs, barb of an arrow + Latin -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).
Ancient Greek the point of an arrow.