noun epi·thecium \"+\

Definition of epithecium



  1. :  the surface layer of the fruiting body in many fungi and lichens that in fungi is usually equivalent to the hymenium and in lichens forms a film over the hymenium — compare hypothecium

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of epithecium

New Latin, from epi- + thecium

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up epithecium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!