spermatium

spermatium

[spur-mey-shee-uhm]
noun, plural spermatia [spur-mey-shee-uh] .
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:
1855–60; < Neo-Latin < Greek spermátion, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ion -ium

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spermatium (spɜːˈmeɪtɪəm)
 
n , pl -tia
a nonmotile male reproductive cell in red algae and some fungi
 
[C19: New Latin, from Greek spermation a little seed; see sperm1]

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spermatium   (spər-mā'shē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural spermatia
A nonmotile cell in red algae and certain ascomycete fungi that functions as a male gamete.
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