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holdfast

[′hōl‚fast]
(botany)
A suckerlike base which attaches the thallus of certain algae to the support.
A disklike terminal structure on the tendrils of various plants used for attachment to a flat surface.
(invertebrate zoology)
An organ by which parasites such as tapeworms attach themselves to the host.

holdfast

A device for securing anything in its place, as a hook, bolt, spike, etc.
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Changes in invertebrate assemblages inhabiting Lessonia spicata (Phaeophyceae) holdfasts after the 2010 earthquake-mediated coastal uplift in Chile.
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Agardh) exhibit stolon-like branches arising from a discoid holdfast which is a diagnostic character of S.
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Sphenothallus may have been equally happy in normal marine conditions, where traces of holdfasts have also been observed.
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St Athan, the only bidder for both contracts, is also confident of winning this element, against the Holdfast consortium which is proposing to spread the work around a number of sites.