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Diminutive of Ancient Greek a poppy, in allusion to the shape of the seed capsules of the poppy. [Greek?]


meconidium (plural meconidia)

  1. (zoology) A kind of gonophore produced by hydroids of the genus Gonothyraea. It has tentacles, and otherwise resembles a free medusa, but remains attached by a pedicel.

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