[as-kuh-goh-nee-uh m]
noun, plural as·co·go·ni·a [as-kuh-goh-nee-uh] /ˌæs kəˈgoʊ ni ə/. Mycology.
  1. the female sexual organ in certain ascomycetous fungi.
  2. the portion of the archicarp in certain ascomycetous fungi that receives the antheridial nuclei and puts out the hyphae bearing the asci.

Origin of ascogonium

First recorded in 1870–75; asco- + -gonium
Related formsas·co·go·ni·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for ascogonium


noun plural -nia (-nɪə)
  1. a female reproductive body in some ascomycetous fungi in which, after fertilization, the asci develop
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