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endothecium

[en-doh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-uh m] /ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi əm, -si əm/
noun, plural endothecia
[en-doh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/ (Show IPA).
Botany
1.
the lining of the cavity of an anther.
2.
(in mosses) the central mass of cells in the rudimentary capsule, from which the archespore is generally developed.
3.
(in bryophytes) the central mass of cells in the capsule, including the spores and columella.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; endo- + thecium
Related forms
endothecial
[en-doh-thee-shee-uh l, -shuh l, -see-uh l] /ˌɛn doʊˈθi ʃi əl, -ʃəl, -si əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for endothecial

endothecium

/ˌɛndəʊˈθiːʃɪəm; -sɪəm/
noun (botany) (pl) -cia (-ʃɪə; -sɪə)
1.
the inner mass of cells of the developing capsule in mosses
2.
the fibrous tissue of the inner wall of an anther
Derived Forms
endothecial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from endo- + Greek thēkion case; see theca
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