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[pik-nid-ee-uh m] /pɪkˈnɪd i əm/
noun, plural pycnidia
[pik-nid-ee-uh] /pɪkˈnɪd i ə/ (Show IPA).
(in certain ascomycetes and fungi imperfecti) a globose or flask-shaped fruiting body bearing conidia on conidiophores.
Origin of pycnidium
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek pykn(ós) close, thick, dense + -idion diminutive suffix
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pycnidial, adjective Unabridged
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  • Probably the species are only pycnidia of Sphæriacei, but that is of no consequence in relation to our present inquiry.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for pycnidia


noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
a small flask-shaped structure containing spores that occurs in ascomycetes and certain other fungi
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek puknos thick
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