Basidiomycete Definition

bə-sĭdē-ō-mīsēt, -mī-sēt
noun
Any of various members of a large group of fungi producing spores on basidia. The group includes puffballs, shelf fungi, rusts, smuts, and many species of mushrooms.
American Heritage
Any of a subdivision (Basidiomycotina) of fungi, including the mushrooms, rusts, smuts, and puffballs, that produce spores on basidia; club fungus.
Webster's New World

(mycology) Any fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota, that produces sexual spores on a basidium.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • basidiomycetous fungi
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Any of various fungi belonging to the phylum Basidomycota, bearing sexually produced spores on a basidium. All hyphae of basidiomycetes are divided into segments by septa and go through three stages of development. In the final stage, each segment has two nuclei, and the hyphae grow to produce basidia and disperse basidiospores. The basidiomycetes are the most familiar forms of fungi and include mushrooms, puffballs, shelf fungi, rusts, and smuts.
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Other Word Forms of Basidiomycete

Noun

Singular:
basidiomycete
Plural:
basidiomycetes

Origin of Basidiomycete

  • basidi(um) –mycete

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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