Definition of exciple
: 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 proper exciple, (2) thalloid exciple
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Origin and Etymology of exciple
New Latin excipulum, from Latin, a kind of vessel, from excipere
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