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[ hoh-muh-thal-ik, hom-uh- ]
/ ˌhoʊ məˈθæl ɪk, ˌhɒm ə- /

adjective Mycology.

having all mycelia alike, the opposite sexual functions being performed by different cells of a single mycelium.Compare heterothallic(def 1).

Nearby words

homosocial, homosporous, homospory, homostyled, homotaxis, homothallic, homotherm, homothermal, homothetic, homothetic transformation, homotonic

Origin of homothallic

First recorded in 1900–05; homo- + thall(us) + -ic
Related formsho·mo·thal·lism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for homothallic


/ (ˌhəʊməʊˈθælɪk) /


(of some algae and fungi) having both male and female reproductive organs on the same thallus, which can be self-fertilizingCompare heterothallic
Derived Formshomothallism, noun

Word Origin for homothallic

C20: from homo- + Greek thallos green shoot
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