plural noun

: a subclass of basidiomycetous fungi including the rusts, smuts, and jelly fungi that has septate or deeply divided basidia and basidiospores which often germinate to form conidia or similar spores compare homobasidiomycetes

Word History


New Latin, from heter- + Basidiomycetes

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“Heterobasidiomycetes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heterobasidiomycetes. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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