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One of the small, easily detached, barbed spines on a cactus of the subfamily Opuntioideae, such as a prickly pear or cholla.
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Noun1.glochid - a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)glochid - a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)
pricker, prickle, spikelet, sticker, thorn, spine - a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
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N Vernacular name Reason for Naming (Tigrigna) 1 Tesmi/Tesemsema (Shum) Response after eating 2 Brki-Abo berhe (Wadwada) After a person 3 Magalla hailu (Magalla) After a person 4 Tinkish (Shenkor/Karemelle) After taste 5 Kulkual-Bahri Origin 6 Ashauh (Keyh Beles) Spine abundance and color 7 Kille (Atsamo) Pulp firmness 8 Cheguar Glochid abundance 9 Chewchawa Color and taste 10 Tsaeda Aona Color and appearance 11 Menchaba After taste 12 Limo Spine abundance 13 Lematse Cladode texture and absence of spines S.
cactorum females on host plants were recorded by classifying the attachment of the eggstick to either a glochid at an areole, to a spine, or on the fruit.
It has tiny glochids rather than spines and, in the summer, it produces lemon-yellow flowers.