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[buh-sid-ee-oh-kahrp] /bəˈsɪd i oʊˌkɑrp/
noun, Mycology
the fruiting body of basidiomycetes that produces the basidia.
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British Dictionary definitions for basidiocarp


the fruiting body of basidiomycetous fungi; the mushroom of agarics
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basidiocarp in Science
A basidioma. This term is no longer in scientific use.
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Encyclopedia Article for basidiocarp

in fungi, a large sporophore, or fruiting body, in which sexually produced spores are formed on the surface of club-shaped structures (basidia). Basidiocarps are found among the members of the phylum Basidiomycota (q.v.), with the exception of the rust and smut fungi. The largest basidiocarps include giant puffballs (Calvatia gigantea), which can be 1.6 m (5.25 feet) long, 1.35 m broad, and 24 cm (9.5 inches) high, and those of bracket fungi (Polyporus squamosus)-2 m in diameter. The smallest are single cells of the yeastlike Sporobolomyces.

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