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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The spore-bearing layer of the fruiting body of certain fungi, containing asci or basidia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, the fructifying surface in fungi, especially when the spores are naked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The spore-bearing surface of certain fungi, as that on the gills of a mushroom.

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  • noun mycology The sporebearing surface of a fungus.

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

  • noun spore-bearing layer of cells in certain fungi containing asci or basidia

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, from Greek humenion, diminutive of humēn, membrane; see hymen.]

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Ancient Greek ὑμενίων (humeniōn), diminutive of ὑμήν (humēn, "membrane").

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