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basidium


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Basidium  \Ba*sid"i*um\,  n.  [NL.,  dim.  of  Gr  ?  base.]  (Bot.) 
  A  special  oblong  or  pyriform  cell,  with  slender  branches, 
  which  bears  the  spores  in  that  division  of  fungi  called 
  Basidiomycetes,  of  which  the  common  mushroom  is  an  example. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  basidium 
  n  :  a  small  club-shaped  structure  typically  bearing  four 
  basidiospores  at  the  ends  of  minute  projections;  unique 
  to  basidiomycetes 




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