noun, plural ap·o·the·ci·a [ap-uh–thee-shee-uh, -see-uh] /ˌæp əˈθi ʃi ə, -si ə/. Botany, Mycology.
- 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.
noun plural -cia (-sɪə)
- botany a cup-shaped structure that contains the asci, esp in lichens; a type of ascocarp
Plural apothecia (ăp′ə-thē′sē-ə, -shē-)
- A disk-shaped or cup-shaped ascocarp of some lichens and the fungi Ascomycetes.