[ en-doh-thee-shee-uhm, -see-uhm ]

noun,plural en·do·the·ci·a [en-doh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh]. /ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/. Botany.
  1. the lining of the cavity of an anther.

  2. (in mosses) the central mass of cells in the rudimentary capsule, from which the archespore is generally developed.

  1. (in bryophytes) the central mass of cells in the capsule, including the spores and columella.

Origin of endothecium

First recorded in 1825–35; endo- + thecium

Other words from endothecium

  • en·do·the·ci·al [en-doh-thee-shee-uhl, -shuhl, -see-uhl], /ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi əl, -ʃəl, -si əl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for endothecium


/ (ˌɛndəʊˈθiːʃɪəm, -sɪəm) /

nounplural -cia (-ʃɪə, -sɪə) botany
  1. the inner mass of cells of the developing capsule in mosses

  2. the fibrous tissue of the inner wall of an anther

Origin of endothecium

C19: New Latin, from endo- + Greek thēkion case; see theca

Derived forms of endothecium

  • endothecial, adjective

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