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

  • n. A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ascigerous fructification of lichens, forming masses of various shapes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ascigerous fructification of lichens, forming masses of various shapes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the fruit of lichens, usually an open, rounded, shield- or dish-shaped body attached to the surface, as in gymnocarpous lichens, or globular and immersed in the substance of the thallus, as in the angiocarpous series of genera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cuplike ascocarp in many lichens and ascomycetous fungi

Etymologies

From Latin apoth─ôca, storehouse; see apothecary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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