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aethalium

[ee-they-lee-uh m] /iˈθeɪ li əm/
noun, plural aethalia
[ee-they-lee-uh] /iˈθeɪ li ə/ (Show IPA).
Mycology
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a large, plump, pillow-shaped fruiting body of certain myxomycetes, formed by the aggregation of plasmodia into a single functional mass.
Origin of aethalium
< New 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) + New Latin -ium -ium; so named from the smokelike spores
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