from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A division of cellular, mostly thalloid, cryptogamic plants, formerly regarded as constituting a distinct class, but now, in accordance with the theory of Schwendener and others, considered to be genuine fungi of the divisions Ascomycetes and Basidiomycetes. They exhibit a remarkable parasitism.
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- n. comprising the lichens which grow symbiotically with algae; sometimes treated as an independent group more or less coordinate with algae and fungi
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