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mycelium

[ mahy-see-lee-uhm ]
/ maɪˈsi li əm /
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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.
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Origin of mycelium

1830–40; <New Latin, equivalent to Greek myk-myc- + (h)ḗl(os) wart, nail + New Latin -ium-ium

OTHER WORDS FROM mycelium

my·ce·li·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mycelium

mycelium
/ (maɪˈsiːlɪəm) /

noun plural -lia (-lɪə)
the vegetative body of fungi: a mass of branching filaments (hyphae) that spread throughout the nutrient substratum

Derived forms of mycelium

mycelial, adjectivemyceloid (ˈmaɪsɪˌlɔɪd), adjective

Word Origin for mycelium

C19 (literally: nail of fungus): from myco- + Greek hēlos nail
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Scientific definitions for mycelium

mycelium
[ mī-sēlē-əm ]

Plural mycelia
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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