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coenobium

a colony of algal cells, where the cells are arranged in a constant form and number and are surrounded usually by a gelatinous matrix. They are interconnected, act as a single functional unit and are thus regarded as being a single organism. Volvox is an example.
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1: In civitatibus, castellis, villis, nulla nostra construenda sunt coenobia, sed in locis a conversatione hominum semotis' (Chrysogonus Waddell, ed.
In most cases, Christians established monasteries in conjunction with these churches, and established many more away from the holy places, scattering lauras, coenobia and, in time, the burial places of their saints over the deserts of Palestine.
Individual organisms form groups called coenobia, which share a common tunic (in this case yellow) and a common cloacal space, and these coenobia then form larger colonies.
Scenedesmus protuberans grows in four-celled colonies, known as coenobia, of [approximately]20 [[micro]meter] length.