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 (ăm′fə-thē′shē-əm, -sē-əm)
n. pl. am·phi·the·ci·a (-shē-ə, -sē-ə)
The outer layer of cells of the spore-containing capsule of a moss.

[New Latin amphithēcium : amphi- + Greek thēkion, diminutive of thēkē, receptacle; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -cia (-sɪə)
(Botany) the outer layer of cells of the sporophyte of mosses and liverworts that develops into the outer parts of the spore-bearing capsule
[C19: from New Latin, from amphi- + Greek thēkion a little case, from thēkē case]


(ˌæm fəˈθi ʃi əm)

n., pl. -ci•a (-ʃi ə)
an outer layer of cells forming a capsule or spore case, as in a moss, lichen, or bryophyte.
[1905–10; < New Latin < Greek amphi- amphi- + thēkíon (thḗk(ē) case, cover + -ion diminutive suffix)]
am`phi•the′cial, adj.
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