basidiomata

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basidioma   (bə-sĭd'ē-ō'mə)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural basidiomata (bə-sĭd'ē-ō'mə-tə)
A club-shaped, fleshy, spore-producing structure characteristic of many species of basidiomycete fungi. The basidioma grows out of the mass of hyphae known as a mycelium and bears the spore-dispersing structures called basidia. Mushrooms, toadstools, stinkhorns, and puffballs are basidiomata.
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