noun chy·trid \ˈkī-trəd, ˈki-\
variants: or

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)

Origin and Etymology of chytrid

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

First Known Use: 1904

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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