noun, plural mycelia [mahy-see-lee-uh] . Mycology.
the mass of hyphae that form the vegetative part of a fungus.

1830–40; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Greek myk- myc- + (h)ḗl(os) wart, nail + Neo-Latin -ium -ium

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mycelium (maɪˈsiːlɪəm)
n , pl -lia
the vegetative body of fungi: a mass of branching filaments (hyphae) that spread throughout the nutrient substratum
[C19 (literally: nail of fungus): from myco- + Greek hēlos nail]

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mycelium my·ce·li·um (mī-sē'lē-əm)
n. pl. my·ce·li·a (-lē-ə)
The vegetative part of a fungus, which consists of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae.

my·ce'li·al or my·ce'li·an adj.
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mycelium   (mī-sē'lē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural mycelia
The mass of fine branching tubes (known as hyphae) that forms the main growing structure of a fungus. Visible structures like mushrooms are reproductive structures produced by the mycelium.
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