as·​co·​ma | \ aˈskōmə \
plural ascomata\ -​mətə \

Definition of ascoma

: an ascocarp having the hymenium on a broadly expanded or disklike receptacle especially characteristic of the order Helvellales specifically : the simple type of fruiting body made up of an undifferentiated mass of tissue on or in which the asci are borne

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History and Etymology for ascoma

New Latin, from Greek askōma leather lining protecting the aperture for the oar, from askos wineskin

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“Ascoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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