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n. pl. ba·sid·i·a (-ē-ə)
A small, specialized club-shaped structure typically bearing four basidiospores at the tips of minute projections. The basidium is unique to basidiomycetes and distinguishes them from other kinds of fungi.
[bas(i)- + Latin -idium, diminutive suff. (from Greek -idion).]
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n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
(Plants) the structure, produced by basidiomycetous fungi after sexual reproduction, in which spores are formed at the tips of projecting slender stalks
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek basidion; see basis, -ium]
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ba•sid•i•um(bəˈsɪd i əm)
n., pl. -sid•i•a (-ˈsɪd i ə)
a special form of sporophore, characteristic of basidiomycetous fungi, on which the sexual spores are borne at the tips of slender projections.
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|Noun||1.||basidium - a small club-shaped structure typically bearing four basidiospores at the ends of minute projections; unique to basidiomycetes|
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
hypobasidium - special cell constituting the base of the basidium in various fungi especially of the order Tremellales
promycelium - the basidium of various fungi
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