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des·mid

 (dĕs′mĭd)
n.
Any of various green unicellular chiefly freshwater algae of the order Desmidiales, reproducing through conjugation and sometimes forming filaments or colonies.

[From New Latin Desmidiāceae, family name, from Desmidium, type genus, from Greek desmos, bond, from dein, to bind.]

desmid

(ˈdɛsmɪd)
n
(Plants) any freshwater green alga of the mainly unicellular family Desmidioideae, typically constricted into two symmetrical halves
[C19: from New Latin Desmidium (genus name), from Greek desmos bond, from dein to bind]
desˈmidian adj

des•mid

(ˈdɛz mɪd)

n.
any green algae of the family Desmidiaceae, each alga being composed of symmetrical half-cells bridged by a nucleus and usu. living colonially in a branching mat.
[1860–65; < New Latin Desmidium a genus < Greek desm(ós) a chain]
des•mid′i•an, adj.
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Noun1.desmid - freshwater green algaedesmid - freshwater green algae    
chlorophyte, green algae - algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water
Desmidium, genus Desmidium - a genus of protoctist