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[ap-uh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃi əm, -si-/
noun, plural apothecia
[ap-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/ (Show IPA).
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.
Origin of apothecium
1820-30; < New Latin < Greek apo- apo- + thēkíon, equivalent to thḗk(ē) case (see theca) + -ion diminutive suffix
Related forms
[ap-uh-thee-shuh l] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -cia (-sɪə)
(botany) a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
Derived Forms
apothecial (ˌæpəˈθiːsɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case
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  (āp'ə-thē'sē-əm, -shē-)   
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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