Desmidian
Desmid Des"mid, Desmidian Des*mid"i*an, n. [Gr. desmo`s chain + e'i^dos form.] (Bot.) A microscopic plant of the family {Desmidi[ae]}, a group of unicellular alg[ae] in which the species have a greenish color, and the cells generally appear as if they consisted of two coalescing halves. [1913 Webster]

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  • desmid — desmidian, adj. /dez mid/, n. any single celled freshwater algae of the family Desmidiaceae, characterized by a division of the body into mirror image halves joined by a bridge containing the nucleus, and having a spiny or bristly exterior:… …   Universalium

  • Desmid — Des mid, Desmidian Des*mid i*an, n. [Gr. desmo s chain + e i^dos form.] (Bot.) A microscopic plant of the family {Desmidi[ae]}, a group of unicellular alg[ae] in which the species have a greenish color, and the cells generally appear as if they… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desmid — /ˈdɛsməd/ (say desmuhd) noun any of the microscopic freshwater algae belonging to the family Desmidiaceae. {New Latin Desmidium, typical genus, diminutive of Greek desmos band, chain, with reference to the structure of the organism which is… …   Australian English dictionary

  • desmid —   n. species of algae.    ♦ desmidian, n.    ♦ desmidiology, n. study of such …   Dictionary of difficult words

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