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[spur-mey-shee-uh m] /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi əm/
noun, plural spermatia
[spur-mey-shee-uh] /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi ə/ (Show IPA)
Botany. the nonmotile male gamete of a red alga.
Mycology. a minute, colorless cell, of certain fungi and lichens, believed to be a male reproductive body, developed within spermogonia.
Origin of spermatium
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek spermátion, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ion -ium Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for spermatia


noun (pl) -tia (-tɪə)
a nonmotile male reproductive cell in red algae and some fungi
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek spermation a little seed; see sperm1
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spermatia in Science
Plural spermatia
A nonmotile cell in red algae and certain ascomycete fungi that functions as a male gamete.
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