[ap-uh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-]
noun, plural ap·o·the·ci·a [ap-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/. Botany, Mycology.
the fruit of certain lichens and fungi: usually an open, saucer-shaped or cup-shaped body, the inner surface of which is covered with a layer that bears asci.
Origin of apothecium
1820–30;Related formsap·o·the·cial [ap-uh-thee-shuh l] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃəl/, adjective
< New Latin
< Greek apo- apo-
equivalent to thḗk(ē
) case (see theca
) + -ion
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of apothecia
The colors of the Thallus and apothecia of Lichens—their causes, and the circumstances which modify and alter them.
Apothecia seldom round, usually elongated-ellipsoidal, no capillitium.
Tuck., with much stronger, darker thallus and apothecia on the whole larger.
The position of the apothecia constitutes another distinction.
The apothecia (fig. 7) are stalked and black, but of a lighter colour than the mass of spores forming the nucleus.
British Dictionary definitions for apothecia
noun plural -cia (-sɪə)
Derived Formsapothecial (ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəl), adjective
botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
Word Origin for apothecium
C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case
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Plural apothecia (ăp′ə-thē′sē-ə, -shē-)
A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.
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