amphithecium

amphithecium

[am-fuh-thee-shee-uhm]
noun, plural amphithecia [am-fuh-thee-shee-uh] .
1.
Botany. the layer or one of the layers of cells in the capsule of a moss surrounding the spores.
2.
Mycology. (in certain lichens) a layer of cells that surrounds the fungal apothecium.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin < Greek amphi- amphi- + thēkíon (thḗk(ē) case, cover + -ion diminutive suffix)

amphithecial [am-fuh-thee-shuhl, -shee-uhl, -see-uhl] , adjective
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amphithecium (ˌæmfɪˈθiːsɪəm)
 
n , pl -cia
the outer layer of cells of the sporophyte of mosses and liverworts that develops into the outer parts of the spore-bearing capsule
 
[C19: from New Latin, from amphi- + Greek thēkion a little case, from thēkē case]

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