amphithecial /am'feuh thee"sheuhl, -shee euhl, -see euhl/, adj.
/am'feuh thee"shee euhm/, n., pl. amphithecia /-shee euh/.
1. Bot. the layer or one of the layers of cells in the capsule of a moss surrounding the spores.
2. Mycol. (in certain lichens) a layer of cells that surrounds the fungal apothecium.
[ < NL < Gk amphi- AMPHI- + thekíon (thék(e) case, cover + -ion dim. suffix)]

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