Le·​cid·​ea | \ lə̇ˈsidēə \

Definition of Lecidea

: a large genus (the type of the family Lecideaceae) of crustose lichens found on rocks and tree trunks and distinguished by the usually dark hypothecium

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Other Words from Lecidea

lecideaceous \ lə̇¦sidē¦āshəs \ adjective
lecideiform \ lə̇ˈsidēəˌfȯrm \ adjective
lecideine \ -​ēə̇n \ adjective
lecidioid \ -​ēˌȯid \ adjective

History and Etymology for Lecidea

New Latin, from Greek lekid-, lekis, diminutive of lekos dish

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“Lecidea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lecidea. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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