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[am-fuh-thee-shee-uh m] /ˌæm fəˈθi ʃi əm/
noun, plural amphithecia
[am-fuh-thee-shee-uh] /ˌæm fəˈθi ʃi ə/ (Show IPA)
Botany. the layer or one of the layers of cells in the capsule of a moss surrounding the spores.
Mycology. (in certain lichens) a layer of cells that surrounds the fungal apothecium.
Origin of amphithecium
< New Latin < Greek amphi- amphi- + thēkíon (thḗk(ē) case, cover + -ion diminutive suffix)
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[am-fuh-thee-shuh l, -shee-uh l, -see-uh l] /ˌæm fəˈθi ʃəl, -ʃi əl, -si əl/ (Show IPA),
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British Dictionary definitions for amphithecium


noun (pl) -cia (-sɪə)
the outer layer of cells of the sporophyte of mosses and liverworts that develops into the outer parts of the spore-bearing capsule
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from amphi- + Greek thēkion a little case, from thēkē case
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