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spermatium

[spur-mey-shee-uh m] /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi əm/
noun, plural spermatia
[spur-mey-shee-uh] /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Botany. the nonmotile male gamete of a red alga.
2.
Mycology. a minute, colorless cell, of certain fungi and lichens, believed to be a male reproductive body, developed within spermogonia.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek spermátion, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ion -ium
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spermatium

/spɜːˈmeɪtɪəm/
noun (pl) -tia (-tɪə)
1.
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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spermatium
  (spər-mā'shē-əm)   
Plural spermatia
A nonmotile cell in red algae and certain ascomycete fungi that functions as a male gamete.
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