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apothecium

[ ap-uh-thee-shee-uhm, -see- ]

noun

, Botany, Mycology.
, plural ap·o·the·ci·a [ap-, uh, -, thee, -shee-, uh, -see-, uh].
  1. 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.


apothecium

/ ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəl; ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəm /

noun

  1. botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp


apothecium

/ ăp′ə-thēsē-əm,-shē- /

, Plural apothecia ăp′ə-thēsē-ə,-shē-

  1. A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.


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Derived Forms

  • apothecial, adjective
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Other Words From

  • ap·o·the·cial [ap-, uh, -, thee, -sh, uh, l], adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of apothecium1

1820–30; < New Latin < Greek apo- apo- + thēkíon, equivalent to thḗk ( ē ) case ( theca ) + -ion diminutive suffix
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Word History and Origins

Origin of apothecium1

C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case
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Example Sentences

Nylander called the apothecium pale within, but forms with red-brown hypothecia are admitted by later writers.

In the Helvellaceae there is no apothecium but a large irregular fruit body which at maturity bears the asci on its surface.

The cup, or shield-shaped spot, or knob, which bears the fructification is named the Apothecium.

Cyclocarpineae, Apothecium usually circular, no capillitium.

Piece of thallus of Parmelia conspersa, with section through an apothecium.

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