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apothecium

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noun, apo·the·ci·um \ˌa-pə-ˈthē-shē-əm, -sē-\

Definition of apothecium

plural -cia \-shē-ə, -sē-\

  1. :  a spore-bearing structure in many lichens and fungi consisting of a discoid or cupped body bearing asci on the exposed flat or concave surface

apothecial play \-sh(ē-)əl, -sē-əl\ adjective


Origin of apothecium

New Latin, from Latin apotheca


First Known Use: 1830


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