- the mass of hyphae that form the vegetative part of a fungus.
Origin of mycelium
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The mycelium exposed here is very similar to the mycelium of all mushrooms.
It is gregarious, often many stems growing from one mass of mycelium.
The ills to which the mycelium is subject are not at all fully understood.Mushrooms: how to grow them
There is reason to think that, in some cases at any rate, the mycelium is that of the Truffle.The Beauties of Nature
Sir John Lubbock
They are attached to the filaments of the mycelium, as in Uredo segetum.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
- the vegetative body of fungi: a mass of branching filaments (hyphae) that spread throughout the nutrient substratum
C19 (literally: nail of fungus): from myco- + Greek hēlos nail
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- The vegetative part of a fungus, which consists of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae.
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- The mass of fine branching tubes (known as hyphae) that forms the main growing structure of a fungus. Visible structures like mushrooms are reproductive structures produced by the mycelium.
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