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n. pl. gle·bae (-bē′)
The fleshy, spore-bearing inner mass of a puffball.

[Latin glēba, clod.]


(Botany) botany the spore-bearing tissue of various funguses
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Noun1.gleba - fleshy spore-bearing inner mass of e.g. a puffball or stinkhorn
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
sporophore - a spore-bearing branch or organ: the part of the thallus of a sporophyte that develops spores; in ferns and mosses and liverworts is practically equivalent to the sporophyte
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a Wessex man, a citizen of the noblest Saxon kingdom of Wessex, a regular "Angular Saxon," the very soul of me adscriptus glebae. There's nothing like the old country-side for me, and no music like the twang of the real old Saxon tongue, as one gets it fresh from the veritable chaw in the White Horse Vale; and I say with "Gaarge Ridler," the old west-country yeoman, -
The government's efforts became the main focus of the Nunan Judgement of 1903 that castigated "the growing tendency to treat the native, whether he is old or new settler, and whether any rights were secured to him under the 'certificates of claim' or not, as a tenant at will or even as an unfree villein or scriptus glebae."