[ as-kuh-kahrp ]

  1. (in ascomycetous fungi) the fruiting body bearing the asci, as an apothecium or perithecium.

Origin of ascocarp

First recorded in 1885–90; asco- + -carp

Other words from ascocarp

  • as·co·carp·ous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ascocarp


/ (ˈæskəˌkɑːp) /

  1. (in some ascomycetous fungi) a globular structure containing the asci: See apothecium, perithecium

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Scientific definitions for ascocarp


[ ăskə-kärp′ ]

  1. An ascus-bearing structure found in the fungi known as ascomycetes. Ascocarps are composed of interwoven hyphae, and in many species they are visible, forming the most prominent part of the fungus. Ascocarps may be cup-shaped, spherical, or flask-shaped.

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