[ep-uh-thee-shee-uhm, -see-uhm]
noun, plural epithecia [ep-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] . Mycology.
the surface layer of tissue of the fruiting body of lichens and fungi, formed by the union of the tips of the paraphyses over the spore sacs.

1875–80; < Neo-Latin; see epi-, thecium

epithecial [ep-uh-thee-shee-uhl, -shuhl] , adjective
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