[ suh-ree-dee-uh m ]
/ səˈri di əm /
noun, plural so·re·di·a [suh-ree-dee-uh] /səˈri di ə/. (in a lichen)
a group of algal cells surrounded by hyphal tissue, occurring on the surface of the thallus and functioning in vegetative reproduction.
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Origin of soredium
1820–30; < New Latin, diminutive of Greek sōrós a heap
OTHER WORDS FROM sorediumso·re·di·ate [suh-ree-dee-it, -eyt] /səˈri di ɪt, -ˌeɪt/, adjective
Words nearby soredium
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Example sentences from the Web for soredia
There are three methods of reproduction of the lichen: by fragmentation, by soredia, by the formation of fungal spores.
British Dictionary definitions for soredia
/ (sɔːˈriːdɪəm) /
an organ of vegetative reproduction in lichens consisting of a cluster of algal cells enclosed in fungal hyphae: dispersed by wind, insects, or other means
Word Origin for soredium
C19: New Latin, from Greek sōros a heap
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