glochid

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Synonyms for glochid

a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)

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Pickers prefer to start harvesting tunas in the early morning, as soon as daylight allows them to locate the tunas and safely maneuver around the cactus thorns, because windless and misty conditions reduce the chances of the glochids separating from the fruit.
In general, maintaining fruit quality depends on avoiding damage to the skin and base of the fruit during the harvest operation and avoiding impact damage when the fruit is dropped, the bucket is emptied, and later during removal of the spines and glochids.