Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

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

  • n. A membranous, often club-shaped structure in which typically eight ascospores are formed through sexual reproduction of ascomycetes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sac-shaped cell present in ascomycete fungi; it is a reproductive cell in which meiosis and an additional cell division produce eight spores.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small membranous bladder or tube in which are inclosed the seedlike reproductive particles or sporules of lichens and certain fungi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the spore-case of lichens and ascomycetous fungi, consisting of a single cell, usually the swollen terminal cell of a branch of a hypha, from the protoplasm of which the spores (typically 8) are produced. Also called ascidium and theca.
  • n. In archœol., same as askos.

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

  • n. saclike structure in which ascospores are formed through sexual reproduction of ascomycetes

Etymologies

New Latin, from Greek askos, bag.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀσκός (askos, "a sac"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.