glochidium


glo·chid·i·um

noun \glō-ˈki-dē-əm\
plural -ia \-dē-ə\

Definition of GLOCHIDIUM

:  the larva of a freshwater mussel (family Unionidae) that develops as an external parasite on fish

Origin of GLOCHIDIUM

New Latin, from Greek glōchis projecting point + New Latin -idium
First Known Use: 1875

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