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epithecium

[ep-uh-thee-shee-uh m, -see-uh m] /ˌɛp əˈθi ʃi əm, -si əm/
noun, plural epithecia
[ep-uh-thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌɛp əˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/ (Show IPA).
Mycology
1.
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.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; < Neo-Latin; see epi-, thecium
Related forms
epithecial
[ep-uh-thee-shee-uh l, -shuh l] /ˌɛp əˈθi ʃi əl, -ʃəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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