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n. pl. te·li·a (-lē-ə)
A blackish pustulelike structure that is formed in the tissue of a plant infected by a rust fungus and produces teliospores.

[New Latin, from Greek teleios, complete; see teleology.]

te′li·al (-lē-əl) adj.


(ˈtiːlɪəm; ˈtɛl-)
n, pl telia (ˈtiːlɪə; ˈtɛlɪə)
(Botany) the spore-producing body of some rust fungi in which the teliospores are formed
[C20: New Latin, from Greek teleion, from teleios complete, from telos end]
ˈtelial adj


(ˈti li əm, ˈtɛl i-)

n., pl. te•li•a (ˈti li ə, ˈtɛl i ə)
the cluster of spore cases of the rust and smut fungi, bearing teliospores.
[1905–10; < New Latin < Greek téleion, neuter of téleios finished]
te′li•al, adj.
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