• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ascomycetes large class of higher fungi coextensive with division Ascomycota: sac fungi
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Ascomycetes (Bot) A large class of higher fungi distinguished by septate hyph√¶, and by having their spores formed in asci, or spore sacs; the sac fungi. It comprises many orders, among which are the yeasts, molds, mildews, truffles, morels, etc. The class is coextensive with the phylum Ascomycota.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ascomycetes A family of fungi characterized by the formation of free spores within elongated cells (asci), often associated with alternation of generation. It includes a great variety of forms, such as the microscopic yeast-fungi or ferments, various mildews, ergot, the subterranean truffles, the morels, helvellas, etc., which represent the several orders Saccharomycetes, Perisporiaceœ, Pyrenomycetes, Tuberaceœ, and Discomycetes. Most of the lichens are now also generally considered as belonging to this family. See cut under ascus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL.; ascus, + Gr. , , fungus


In literature:

In the second group, Ascomycetes, or "Spore sac fungi," the spores are produced in delicate sacs called asci.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
Another very large group of fungi is the Ascomycetes, or sac fungi.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Asci formed from the fertile cells of a hymenium ASCOMYCETES.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
The family Ascomycetes is rich in genera and species.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor
Ascomycetes, 189, 217, 269.
"Disease in Plants" by H. Marshall Ward

In news:

It was shown previously in the ascomycetous fungus Aspergillus nidulans that asexual sporulation is stimulated and sexual development repressed by red light.