cleistocarpous

adjective
cleis·​to·​car·​pous
variants: or less commonly clistocarpous \ ¦⸗⸗¦kärpəs \

Definition of cleistocarpous

1 of mosses : having the capsule opening irregularly without an operculum
2 of fungi : having or forming cleistothecia

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History and Etymology for cleistocarpous

cleisto- + -carpous, after German cleistocarpisch

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“Cleistocarpous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleistocarpous. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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