chytrid

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noun chy·trid \ˈkī-trəd, ˈki-\
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chytrid fungus

Definition of chytrid

  1. :  any simple, microscopic, aquatic fungus (phylum Chytridiomycota) that does not typically form mycelium, that bears motile spores with a single posterior flagellum, and that is either saprophytic on decaying organic matter or parasitic especially on algae, higher plants, and the skin of amphibians (as in chytridiomycosis)

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Origin and Etymology of chytrid

probably taken as singular of German Chytriden, variant of Chytridien, plural of Chytridium, genus name, borrowed from New Latin


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