Save This Word!

a combining form meaning “mushroom, fungus,” taken as the singular of the plural taxonomic combining form -mycetes.
There are grammar debates that never die; and the ones highlighted in the questions in this quiz are sure to rile everyone up once again. Do you know how to answer the questions that cause some of the greatest grammar debates?
Question 1 of 7
Which sentence is correct?
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023


What does -mycete mean?

The combining form -mycete is used like a suffix meaning “mushroom, fungus.” It is occasionally used in the scientific names for classes of fungi in taxonomy.

The form -mycete comes from Greek mykétes, the plural of mykēs, meaning “mushroom.” Other combining forms meaning “fungus” that come from this same Greek root are myco- and myc-.

What are variants of -mycete?

The form -mycete is the singular form of -mycetes, as in Zygomycetes. A similar combining form used like a prefix is myceto-. Want to learn more? Check out our Words That Use entries for both -mycetes and myceto-.

Examples of -mycete

A term from mycology (the branch of biology dealing with fungi) that features the form -mycete is saccharomycete, “a single-celled yeast of the family Saccharomycetaceae.”

The form saccharo- means “sugar.” And, as we have seen, -mycete means “fungus.” Saccharomycete literally translates to “sugar fungus.” Find out more about where this scientific name comes from at our entry for yeast.

What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form -mycete in Latin?

What are some other forms that -mycete may be commonly confused with?

Break it down!

The combining form phyco- means “algae.” With this in mind, what do the fungi known as Phycomycetes resemble?

British Dictionary definitions for -mycete


n combining form
indicating a fungusascomycete

Word Origin for -mycete

from New Latin -mycetes, from Greek mukētes, plural of mukēs fungus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012