[ tee-lee-uh m, tel-ee- ]
/ ˈti li əm, ˈtɛl i- /

noun, plural te·li·a [tee-lee-uh, tel-ee-uh] /ˈti li ə, ˈtɛl i ə/. Mycology.

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

Related forms

te·li·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for telium


/ (ˈtiːlɪəm, ˈtɛl-) /

noun plural telia (ˈtiːlɪə, ˈtɛlɪə)

the spore-producing body of some rust fungi in which the teliospores are formed

Derived Forms

telial, adjective

Word Origin for telium

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