[ap-uh-thee-shee-uhm, -see-]
noun, plural apothecia [ap-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] . Botany, Mycology.
the fruit of certain lichens and fungi: usually an open, saucer-shaped or cup-shaped body, the inner surface of which is covered with a layer that bears asci.

1820–30; < Neo-Latin < Greek apo- apo- + thēkíon, equivalent to thḗk(ē) case (see theca) + -ion diminutive suffix

apothecial [ap-uh-thee-shuhl] , adjective
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apothecium (ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəm)
n , pl -cia
botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
[C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case]

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apothecium   (āp'ə-thē'sē-əm, -shē-)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural apothecia (āp'ə-thē'sē-ə, -shē-)
A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.
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