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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The outer layer of cells of the spore-containing capsule of a moss.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the layer of cells at first surrounding the endothecium in the capsule of a moss.

Etymologies

New Latin : amphi- + Greek thēkion, diminutive of thēkē, receptacle; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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