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 (ăp′ə-thē′sē-əm, -shē-)
n. pl. ap·o·the·ci·a (-sē-ə, -shē-ə)
A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and ascomycetous fungi.

[From Latin apothēca, storehouse; see apothecary.]

ap′o·the′cial (-shəl) adj.
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n, pl -cia (-sɪə)
(Botany) botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
[C19: from New Latin, from apo- + Greek thēkion a little case]
apothecial adj
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(ˌæp əˈθi ʃi əm, -si-)

n., pl. -ci•a (-ʃi ə, -si ə)
the open, cup-shaped, spore-bearing fruit of certain lichens and fungi.
[1820–30; < New Latin < Greek apo- apo- + thēkíon, diminutive of thḗkē case (see theca)]
ap`o•the′cial (-ʃəl) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apothecium - a cuplike ascocarp in many lichens and ascomycetous fungiapothecium - a cuplike ascocarp in many lichens and ascomycetous fungi
ascocarp - mature fruiting body of an ascomycetous fungus
elf cup - apothecium of a fungus of the family Pezizaceae
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During the growing season, depending on various diverse environmental factors, sclerotia start to germinate and produce either mycelium or ascospores by developing an apothecium (Elgorban et al., 2013).
With regard to numbers of ascospores/ apothecium, benzalkonium chloride + fluazinam and procymidone produced 17,100 and 33,600 ascospores.[apothecium.sup.-1], respectively, whereas the control produced 98,000 ascospores.[apothecium.sup.-1].
However, Rhawn Joseph referred to the object as a biological organism, which resembles a mushroom-like fungus, a composite organism consisting of colonies of lichen and cyanobacteria, and which on Earth is known as Apothecium, CNET reported.