Meaning of gliding bacteria

glid'ing bacte'ria

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  1. bacteria that form colonies in a self-produced slime that permits them to glide, mainly inhabiting moist soils, decaying plant matter, animal waste, and rotting tree bark: some species produce brightly colored, funguslike fruiting bodies. Also called
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