noun mas·su·la \ˈmasyələ\

Definition of massula



  1. 1 :  a coherent mass of pollen grains (as in certain orchids) developed from a single pollen mother cell

  2. 2 :  a hardened layer of cytoplasm formed around the maturing microspore in some heterosporous ferns (as of the genus Azolla)

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Origin and Etymology of massula

New Latin, from Latin, small mass, from massa lump, mass + -ula — more at mass

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to cast off or become cast off

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