akinete

noun

ak·​i·​nete
(ˈ)ā-ˈkī-ˌnēt,
ˈa-kə-
plural -s
in certain algae
: a thick-walled single-celled nonmotile asexual resting spore formed by the thickening of the parent cell wall, corresponding to the chlamydospore of many fungi, and usually germinating directly into a new filament see aplanospore

Word History

Etymology

Greek akinētos motionless, from a- a- entry 2 + kinētos moving, from kinein to move; akin to Greek kiein to go

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of akinete was in 1884

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“Akinete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/akinete. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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