Any of various green unicellular chiefly freshwater algae of the order Desmidiales, reproducing through conjugation and sometimes forming filaments or colonies.
Any of a group of microscopic, freshwater green algae having single cells composed of two identical half-cells with the nucleus located between them.
Origin of desmid
- From New Latin Desmidiāceae family name from Desmidium type genus from Greek desmos bond from dein to bind
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek δεσμός (desmos, “ligature, ligament, bond”).