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noun, plural gle·bae [glee-bee] /ˈgli bi/. Mycology.
  1. the sporogenous tissue forming the central part of the sporophore in certain fungi, as in puffballs and stinkhorns.
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Origin of gleba

1840–50; < New Latin, Latin glēba clod; see glebe
Related formsgle·bal, adjective
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Historical Examples of gleba

  • The spore-mass or gleba, in its young state, is surrounded by four layers.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

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  • When old the gleba consists of a dusty mass of threads and spores.

  • The pileus is conical in shape, and after the disappearance of the gleba the surface of the pileus is merely granular.

  • The peridium is very large, breaking away in fragments when ripe and exposing the gleba.

  • The microscope shows that the gleba is composed of a great number of spores mixed with simple or branched threads.

gleba in Science


Plural glebae (glēbē′)
  1. The fleshy, spore-bearing inner mass of the basidiomycete fungus known as the puffball.
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