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cleistothecium

[klahy-stuh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-uh m] /ˌklaɪ stəˈθi ʃi əm, -si əm/
noun, plural cleistothecia
[klahy-stuh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌklaɪ stəˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in certain ascomycetous fungi) a closed, globose ascocarp from which the ascospores are released only by its rupture or decay.
Also, clistothecium.
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cleistothecium
  (klī'stə-thē'sē-əm)   
Plural cleistothecia
A closed spherical ascocarp, such as the truffle.
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