apothecium

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

New Latin, from Latin apotheca

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