Meaning of apothecium

ap•o•the•ci•um

Pronunciation: (ap"u-thē'shē-um, -sē-), [key]
— pl. -ci•a
  1. the fruit of certain lichens and fungi: usually an open, saucer-shaped or cup-shaped body, the inner surface of which is covered with a layer that bears asci.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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