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[hoh-muh-thal-ik, hom-uh-]
adjective Mycology.
  1. having all mycelia alike, the opposite sexual functions being performed by different cells of a single mycelium.Compare heterothallic(def 1).
  2. monoecious.
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Origin of homothallic

First recorded in 1900–05; homo- + thall(us) + -ic
Related formsho·mo·thal·lism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for homothallic


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

Word Origin for homothallic

C20: from homo- + Greek thallos green shoot
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