[ am-fuh-thee-shee-uhm ]

noun,plural am·phi·the·ci·a [am-fuh-thee-shee-uh]. /ˌæm fəˈθi ʃi ə/.
  1. Botany. the layer or one of the layers of cells in the capsule of a moss surrounding the spores.

  2. 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)

Other words from amphithecium

  • am·phi·the·cial [am-fuh-thee-shuhl, -shee-uhl, -see-uhl], /ˌæm fəˈθi ʃəl, -ʃi əl, -si əl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for amphithecium


/ (ˌæmfɪˈθiːsɪəm) /

nounplural -cia (-sɪə)
  1. the outer layer of cells of the sporophyte of mosses and liverworts that develops into the outer parts of the spore-bearing capsule

Origin of amphithecium

C19: from New Latin, from amphi- + Greek thēkion a little case, from thēkē case

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