• WordNet 3.6
    • n apothecium a cuplike ascocarp in many lichens and ascomycetous fungi
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apothecium (Bot) The ascigerous fructification of lichens, forming masses of various shapes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apothecium In botany, the fruit of lichens, usually an open, rounded, shield- or dish-shaped body attached to the surface, as in gymnocarpous lichens, or globular and immersed in the substance of the thallus, as in the angiocarpous series of genera. An apothecium consists of an exciple and the included hymenium. The exciple is composed of a layer of cells (hypothecium) with or without an additional subhymenial layer. The hymenium consists of asci (otherwise thecæ or thekes), which are the sporebearing organs, usually intermingled with slender erect filaments (paraphyses).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apothecium ap-ō-thē′si-um the spore-case in lichens.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. apothēkē, a storehouse. See Apothecary.


In literature:

Nylander called the apothecium pale within, but forms with red-brown hypothecia are admitted by later writers.
"Ohio Biological Survey, Bull. 10, Vol. 11, No. 6" by Bruce Fink and Leafy J. Corrington
Piece of thallus of Parmelia conspersa, with section through an apothecium.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
In the Helvellaceae there is no apothecium but a large irregular fruit body which at maturity bears the asci on its surface.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various