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[gloh-kid-ee-uh m] /gloʊˈkɪd i əm/

noun, plural glochidia
[gloh-kid-ee-uh] /gloʊˈkɪd i ə/ (Show IPA)
the larva of a freshwater mussel of the family Unionidae that lives as a temporary parasite in the gills or on other external parts of fishes.
noun (pl) -chidia (-ˈkɪdɪə)
a barbed hair, esp among the spore masses of water ferns and on certain other plants
a parasitic larva of certain freshwater mussels that attaches itself to the fins or gills of fish by hooks or suckers


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