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[as-kuh-kahrp] /ˈæs kəˌkɑrp/
noun, Mycology
(in ascomycetous fungi) the fruiting body bearing the asci, as an apothecium or perithecium.
Origin of ascocarp
1885-90; asco- + -carp
Related forms
ascocarpous, adjective Unabridged
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  • ascocarp development will be monitored from ascocarp initials to maturity.
  • However, incubation in continuous darkness increased ascocarp density.
British Dictionary definitions for ascocarp


(in some ascomycetous fungi) a globular structure containing the asci See apothecium, perithecium
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ascocarp in Science
An ascus-bearing structure found in the fungi known as ascomycetes. Ascocarps are composed of interwoven hyphae, and in many species they are visible, forming the most prominent part of the fungus. Ascocarps may be cup-shaped, spherical, or flask-shaped.
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