Cleistothecium meaning

klīstə-thēsē-əm
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(biology) A closed ascocarp, in some fungi, from which spores are released following deacy or disintegration.
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A closed spherical ascocarp.
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A closed spherical ascocarp, such as the truffle.
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Origin of cleistothecium

  • New Latin Greek kleistos closed (from kleiein to close) Greek thēkion small case diminutive of thēkē receptacle dhē- in Indo-European roots

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