basidiomycete /bəˌsɪdɪəˈmʌɪsiːt/


I. noun

[Botany] a fungus whose spores develop in basidia. They include the majority of familiar mushrooms and toadstools. Compare with ascomycete.

●Subdivision Basidiomycotina (formerly class Basidiomycetes): several classes.
– origin late 19th cent.: anglicized singular of modern Latin Basidiomycetes, from basidium (see basidium) + Greek mukētes ‘fungi’.

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