Definition of gonad
: a reproductive gland (such as an ovary or testis) that produces gametes
gonadalplay \gō-ˈna-dəl\ adjective
Recent Examples of gonad from the Web
But as seasons change, warming water may induce oysters to spawn, releasing the contents of their gonads.
An oyster’s gonad — its largest organ — makes up 30 to 40 percent of its body mass when fully developed.
That thing sticking out between the legs in the photo above is the beak; immature planthoppers don’t have gonads yet.
At least one chemical—not a pesticide—has been found to halt cell division in the gonads of birds.
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Origin and Etymology of gonad
New Latin gonad-, gonas, from Greek gonos
First Known Use: 1880See Words from the same year
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Definition of gonad for English Language Learners
: a sex organ that produces sperm or eggs : a testicle or an ovary
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