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Meaning of basidiomycete

ba•sid•i•o•my•cete

Pronunciation: (bu-sid"ē-ō-mī'sēt, -mī-sēt'), [key]
— n.
  1. any of a group of fungi constituting the phylum Basidiomycota of the kingdom Fungi (or, in older classification schemes, the class Basidiomycetes of the kingdom Plantae), characterized by bearing the spores on a basidium, including the smuts, rust, mushrooms, and puffballs.
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