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pycnidium

[pik-nid-ee-uh m]
noun, plural pyc·nid·i·a [pik-nid-ee-uh] /pɪkˈnɪd i ə/. Mycology.
  1. (in certain ascomycetes and fungi imperfecti) a globose or flask-shaped fruiting body bearing conidia on conidiophores.
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Origin of pycnidium

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek pykn(ós) close, thick, dense + -idion diminutive suffix
Related formspyc·nid·i·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of pycnidia

  • Probably the species are only pycnidia of Sphæriacei, but that is of no consequence in relation to our present inquiry.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke


British Dictionary definitions for pycnidia

pycnidium

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. a small flask-shaped structure containing spores that occurs in ascomycetes and certain other fungi
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Word Origin for pycnidium

C19: from New Latin, from Greek puknos thick
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