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n. pl. ste·rig·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A slender projection of the basidium of some fungi that bears a basidiospore.

[New Latin, from Greek stērigma, support, from stērizein, stērig-, to support; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

ster′ig·mat′ic (stĕr′ĭg-măt′ĭk, stîr′-) adj.
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(Biology) biology a minute stalk bearing a spore or chain of spores in certain fungi
[C19: New Latin from Greek stērigma support, from stērizein to sustain]
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(stəˈrɪg mə)

n., pl. -ma•ta (-mə tə)
a small stalk that bears a sporangium, a conidium, or esp. a basidiospore.
[1865–70; < New Latin < Greek stḗrigma a support =stērig-, base of stērízein to support + -ma n. suffix of result]
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