noun, plural my·ce·li·a [mahy-see-lee-uh] /maɪˈsi li ə/. Mycology.
the mass of hyphae that form the vegetative part of a fungus.
Origin of mycelium
1830–40;Related formsmy·ce·li·al, adjective
< New Latin,
equivalent to Greek myk- myc-
) wart, nail + New Latin -ium -ium
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noun plural -lia (-lɪə)
Derived Formsmycelial, adjectivemyceloid (ˈmaɪsɪˌlɔɪd), adjective
the vegetative body of fungi: a mass of branching filaments (hyphae) that spread throughout the nutrient substratum
Word Origin for mycelium
C19 (literally: nail of fungus): from myco- + Greek hēlos nail
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n. pl. my•ce•li•a (-lē-ə)
Related formsmy•ce′li•al null adj.
The vegetative part of a fungus, which consists of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae.
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The mass of fine branching tubes (known as hyphae) that forms the main growing structure of a fungus. Visible structures like mushrooms are reproductive structures produced by the mycelium.
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