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glochid Line breaks: glo|chid
Pronunciation: /ˈɡləʊkɪd/

Definition of glochid in English:


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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