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basidiomycete

Line breaks: ba¦sidio|mycete
Pronunciation: /bəˌsɪdɪəˈmʌɪsiːt
 
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Definition of basidiomycete in English:

noun (plural basidiomycetes /-ˈmʌɪsiːts, -mʌɪˈsiːtiːz/)

Botany
A fungus whose spores develop in basidia. They include the majority of familiar mushrooms and toadstools. Compare with ascomycete.
Example sentences
  • Fungal pathogens come from two main groups of fungi, the ascomycetes (rusts and smuts) and the basidiomycetes (the higher fungi - mushrooms, toadstools, and bracket fungi).
  • Both basidiomycetes and ascomycetes developed the ability to digest plant tissues early on.
  • In all such analyses, the chytrids were the deepest branch of fungi, followed by zygomycetes and then basidiomycetes and ascomycetes.

Origin

late 19th century: anglicized singular of modern Latin Basidiomycetes, from basidium (see basidium) + Greek mukētes 'fungi'.

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