Meaning of GONIDIUM in English


— gonidial, gonidic , adj. — gonidioid , adj.

/geuh nid"ee euhm/ , n. , pl. gonidia /-nid"ee euh/ .

1. (in algae) any one-celled asexual reproductive body, as a tetraspore or zoospore.

2. an algal cell, or a filament of an alga, growing within the thallus of a lichen.

[ 1835-45; gon- GON- + -idium n. suffix ]

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