isidium

noun
isid·​i·​um | \ īˈsidēəm \
plural isidia\ -​ēə \

Definition of isidium

: an outgrowth from the surface of the thallus in certain lichens that resembles a soredium

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History and Etymology for isidium

New Latin, from Isidium, supposed genus of lichens, irregular from Isis genus of gorgonians + Greek eidos form; from the resemblance of lichens that have isidia to gorgonians

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“Isidium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/isidium. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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