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basidium

[ buh-sid-ee-uhm ]
/ bəˈsɪd i əm /
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noun, plural ba·sid·i·a [buh-sid-ee-uh]. /bəˈsɪd i ə/. Mycology.
a special form of sporophore, characteristic of basidiomycetous fungi, on which the sexual spores are borne, usually at the tips of slender projections.
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Origin of basidium

First recorded in 1855–60; bas(is) + -idium

OTHER WORDS FROM basidium

ba·sid·i·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for basidium

basidium
/ (bæˈsɪdɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
the structure, produced by basidiomycetous fungi after sexual reproduction, in which spores are formed at the tips of projecting slender stalks

Derived forms of basidium

basidial, adjective

Word Origin for basidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek basidion; see basis, -ium
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Scientific definitions for basidium

basidium
[ bə-sĭdē-əm ]

Plural basidia
A small, specialized, club-shaped structure typically bearing four basidiospores at the tips of minute projections in the fungi known as basidiomycetes. The basidium is unique to basidiomycetes and distinguishes them from other kinds of fungi.
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