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n. pl. thal·li (thăl′ī) or thal·lus·es
1. A plant body undifferentiated into stem, root, or leaf.
2. The main body of an alga, fungus, or lichen.
[Latin, green stalk, from Greek thallos, from thallein, to sprout.]
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n, pl thalli (ˈθælaɪ) or thalluses
(Biology) the undifferentiated vegetative body of algae, fungi, and lichens
[C19: from Latin, from Greek thallos green shoot, from thallein to bloom]
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n., pl. thal•li (ˈθæl aɪ) thal•lus•es.
a simple vegetative body undifferentiated into true leaves, stem, and root, ranging from an aggregation of filaments to a complex plantlike form.
[1820–30; < New Latin < Greek thallós young shoot, twig]
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Plural thalli (thăl′ī)
A part of certain plants and plant-like organisms that is a single cell or a mass of cells and cannot be distinguished as a leaf, stem, or root. Fungi, lichens, liverworts, and most algae have thalli.
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A type of plant that is not separated into stem, leaves, and roots.
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|Noun||1.||thallus - a plant body without true stems or roots or leaves or vascular system; characteristic of the thallophytes|
crustose thallus - thin crusty lichen thallus; adheres closely to or is embedded in the surface on which it grows
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