basidiomycete

noun

ba·​sid·​io·​my·​cete bə-ˌsi-dē-ō-ˈmī-ˌsēt How to pronounce basidiomycete (audio)
-ˌmī-ˈsēt
: 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)
basidiomycetous adjective

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of basidiomycete was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Basidiomycete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basidiomycete. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

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)
: 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)
basidiomycetous adjective
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