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; < NL, equiv. to gon- GON- + -idium n. suffix]

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