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[tee-lee-uh m, tel-ee-] /ˈti li əm, ˈtɛl i-/
noun, plural telia
[tee-lee-uh, tel-ee-uh] /ˈti li ə, ˈtɛl i ə/ (Show IPA).
the cluster of spore cases of the rust and smut fungi, bearing teliospores.
Origin of telium
1905-10; < New Latin < Greek téleion, neuter of téleios finished
Related forms
telial, adjective Unabridged
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  • Heavy infection is not rare, causing entire leaves to become yellow or brown with dense uredinium and/or telium production.
British Dictionary definitions for telium


/ˈtiːlɪəm; ˈtɛl-/
noun (pl) telia (ˈtiːlɪə; ˈtɛlɪə)
the spore-producing body of some rust fungi in which the teliospores are formed
Derived Forms
telial, adjective
Word Origin
C20: New Latin, from Greek teleion, from teleios complete, from telos end
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