variants or less commonly excipule
plural -s
: a saucer-shaped rim around the hymenium of various lichens formed (1) from the hypothecium or (2) from the upper layer of the thallus

called also respectively 1proper exciple, 2thalloid exciple

Word History


New Latin excipulum, from Latin, a kind of vessel, from excipere

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“Exciple.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exciple. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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