Definition of glochid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlōkəd/


A barbed bristle on the areole of some cacti.
Example sentences
  • The spines grow from an areole covered with glochids, which are tiny, barbed spines characteristic of all Opuntia.
  • After you have removed the glochids you can eat the fruit fresh, or prepare it in several ways.
  • This is a highly magnified photograph of a glochid taken with a scanning electron microscope.


Late 19th century: from Greek glōkhis, glōkhid- 'arrowhead'.

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Syllabification: glo·chid

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