noun, plural aethalia [ee-they-lee-uh] . Mycology.
a large, plump, pillow-shaped fruiting body of certain myxomycetes, formed by the aggregation of plasmodia into a single functional mass.

< Neo-Latin, originally a genus of Myxomycetes containing such a body < Greek aíthal(os) or aithál(ē) thick smoke, soot (akin to aíthein to kindle, burn) + Neo-Latin -ium -ium; so named from the smokelike spores Unabridged
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