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thallus

[ thal-uhs ]
/ ˈθæl əs /
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noun, plural thal·li [thal-ahy], /ˈθæl aɪ/, thal·lus·es.Botany, Mycology.
a simple vegetative body undifferentiated into true leaves, stem, and root, ranging from an aggregation of filaments to a complex plantlike form.
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Origin of thallus

1820–30; <New Latin <Greek thallós young shoot, twig
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British Dictionary definitions for thallus

thallus
/ (ˈθæləs) /

noun plural thalli (ˈθælaɪ) or thalluses
the undifferentiated vegetative body of algae, fungi, and lichens

Derived forms of thallus

thalloid, adjective

Word Origin for thallus

C19: from Latin, from Greek thallos green shoot, from thallein to bloom
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Scientific definitions for thallus

thallus
[ thăləs ]

Plural thalli (thălī)
A type of body found among plants and fungi that is not differentiated into roots, stems, or leaves. Thalli are found among lichens, mosses, liverworts, and many algae, as well as the gametophyte generations of horsetails and ferns, which have rhizoids but not true roots.
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