Chaetomium

noun
Chae·to·mi·um | \kēˈtōmēəm\

Definition of Chaetomium 

: a genus (the type of the family Chaetomiaceae) of ascomycetous fungi that are characterized by long straight, curled, or branched hairs on the usually dull-colored perithecia especially on their upper surfaces and that include several fungi destructive to paper and other materials and to some plastics

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History and Etymology for Chaetomium

New Latin, from Greek chaitōma plume (from chaitē hair) + New Latin -ium

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