coccus

noun
coc·​cus | \ ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce coccus (audio) \
plural cocci\ ˈkä-​ˌkī How to pronounce cocci (audio) , -​ˌkē ; ˈkäk-​ˌsī How to pronounce cocci (audio) , -​ˌsē \

Definition of coccus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a spherical bacterium
plural -cocci

Definition of -coccus (Entry 2 of 2)

: berry-shaped microorganism micrococcus

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Other Words from coccus

Noun

coccal \ ˈkä-​kəl How to pronounce coccal (audio) \ adjective

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Cochineal, created by crushing up Dactylopius coccus, a species of scale insect, is safe to handle and consume, but its safety is trumped in the minds of some by its animal origin. The Economist, "A team of chemists are searching for a new red pigment," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of coccus

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coccus

Noun

New Latin, from Greek kokkos

Noun combining form

New Latin

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Dictionary Entries near coccus

Coccothrinax

coccous

cocculin

coccus

-coccus

coccyg-

coccygeal

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The first known use of coccus was in 1888

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coccus

noun
coc·​cus | \ ˈkä-kəs How to pronounce coccus (audio) \
plural cocci\ ˈkä-​ˌkī , -​ˌkē; ˈkäk-​ˌsī , -​ˌsē \

Kids Definition of coccus

: a bacterium shaped like a ball

coccus

noun
coc·​cus | \ ˈkäk-əs How to pronounce coccus (audio) \
plural cocci\ ˈkäk-​ˌ(s)ī also -​(ˌ)(s)ē \

Medical Definition of coccus

1 : a spherical bacterium
2 : cochineal

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