ascoma

noun

as·​co·​ma
aˈskōmə
plural ascomata
-mətə
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Ascoma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ascoma. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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