< /ˌkɑr pəˈgoʊ ni ə/.

  1. the one-celled female sex organ of some red algae, that, when fertilized, gives rise to the carpospores.

noun plural -nia (-nɪə)

  1. the female sex organ of red algae, consisting of a swollen base containing the ovum and a long neck down which the male gametes pass

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