Claviceps

noun

Clav·​i·​ceps ˈklav-ə-ˌseps How to pronounce Claviceps (audio)
: a genus of ascomycetous fungi (family Hypocreaceae) parasitic upon the ovaries of various grasses and forming characteristic sclerotia from which arise the ascus-bearing heads

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“Claviceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Claviceps. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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