[ap-uh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-]
- 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
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The colors of the Thallus and apothecia of Lichens—their causes, and the circumstances which modify and alter them.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom
P. L. Simmonds
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.An Elementary Text-book of the Microscope
John William Griffith
- botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case
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- A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.
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