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noun Mycology.
  1. (in ascomycetous fungi) the fruiting body bearing the asci, as an apothecium or perithecium.
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Origin of ascocarp

First recorded in 1885–90; asco- + -carp
Related formsas·co·carp·ous, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The group 342 is characterized by a special type of ascocarp, the perithecium.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


British Dictionary definitions for ascocarp


  1. (in some ascomycetous fungi) a globular structure containing the asciSee apothecium, perithecium
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ascocarp in Science


  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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