glochidium

noun glo·chid·i·um \ glō-ˈki-dē-əm \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of glochidium

plural glochidia \-dē-ə\
: the larva of a freshwater mussel (family Unionidae) that develops as an external parasite on fish

Origin and Etymology of glochidium

New Latin, from Greek glōchis projecting point + New Latin -idium


Learn More about glochidium


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up glochidium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!