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epithecium

[ ep-uh-thee-shee-uhm, -see-uhm ]
/ ˌɛp əˈθi ʃi əm, -si əm /
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noun, plural ep·i·the·ci·a [ep-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh]. /ˌɛp əˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/. Mycology.

the surface layer of tissue of the fruiting body of lichens and fungi, formed by the union of the tips of the paraphyses over the spore sacs.

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Origin of epithecium

From New Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at epi-, thecium
ep·i·the·ci·al [ep-uh-thee-shee-uhl, -shuhl], /ˌɛp əˈθi ʃi əl, -ʃəl/, adjective
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