[ tee-lee-uhm, tel-ee- ]

noun,plural te·li·a [tee-lee-uh, tel-ee-uh]. /ˈti li ə, ˈtɛl i ə/. Mycology.
  1. the cluster of spore cases of the rust and smut fungi, bearing teliospores.

Origin of telium

1905–10; <New Latin <Greek téleion, neuter of téleios finished

Other words from telium

  • te·li·al, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for telium


/ (ˈtiːlɪəm, ˈtɛl-) /

nounplural telia (ˈtiːlɪə, ˈtɛlɪə)
  1. the spore-producing body of some rust fungi in which the teliospores are formed

Origin of telium

C20: New Latin, from Greek teleion, from teleios complete, from telos end

Derived forms of telium

  • telial, adjective

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