basidiomycete

noun
ba·​sid·​io·​my·​cete | \ bə-ˌsi-dē-ō-ˈmī-ˌsēt How to pronounce basidiomycete (audio) , -ˌmī-ˈsēt \

Definition of basidiomycete

: any of a group of higher fungi that have septate hyphae and spores borne on a basidium, that include rusts, smuts, mushrooms, and puffballs, and that are variously considered to comprise a class (Basidiomycetes), a subdivision (Basidiomycotina), or a division (Basidiomycota)

Other Words from basidiomycete

basidiomycetous \ bə-​ˌsi-​dē-​ō-​ˌmī-​ˈsē-​təs How to pronounce basidiomycete (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of basidiomycete

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basidiomycete

ultimately from New Latin basidium + Greek mykēt-, mykēs fungus; akin to Greek myxa mucus — more at mucus

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“Basidiomycete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basidiomycete. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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basidiomycete

noun
ba·​sid·​io·​my·​cete | \ bə-ˌsid-ē-ō-ˈmī-ˌsēt How to pronounce basidiomycete (audio) , -ˌmī-ˈsēt How to pronounce basidiomycete (audio) \

Medical Definition of basidiomycete

: any of a group of higher fungi that have septate hyphae and spores borne on a basidium produced directly from the mycelium or as an outgrowth of a spore, that include rusts, smuts, and numerous edible forms (as many mushrooms), and that are variously considered to comprise a class (Basidiomycetes), a subdivision (Basidiomycotina), or a division (Basidiomycota)

Other Words from basidiomycete

basidiomycetous \ -​mī-​ˈsēt-​əs How to pronounce basidiomycete (audio) \ adjective

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