noun, plural am·phi·the·ci·a [am-fuh-thee-shee-uh] /ˌæm fəˈθi ʃi ə/.
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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noun plural -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 for amphithecium
C19: from New Latin, from amphi- + Greek thēkion a little case, from thēkē case
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