apo·​the·​ci·​um | \ ˌa-pə-ˈthē-shē-əm How to pronounce apothecium (audio) , -sē- \
plural apothecia\ ˌa-​pə-​ˈthē-​shē-​ə How to pronounce apothecia (audio) , -​sē-​ \

Definition of apothecium

: 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

Other Words from apothecium

apothecial \ ˌa-​pə-​ˈthē-​sh(ē-​)əl How to pronounce apothecial (audio) , -​sē-​əl \ adjective

First Known Use of apothecium

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apothecium

borrowed from New Latin apothēcium, from Greek apothḗkē "storehouse, repository" + New Latin -ium -ium — more at apothecary

Note: The term was introduced by the Swedish botanist Erik Acharius (1757-1819) in Methodus qua omnes detectos lichenes (Stockholm, 1803), p. ix.

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“Apothecium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apothecium. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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