One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fungus whose spores develop within asci (cylindrical sacs). They include most moulds, mildews, and yeasts, the fungal component of most lichens, and a few large forms such as morels and truffles.
Subdivision Ascomycotina (formerly class Ascomycetes): several classesCompare with basidiomycete
- ‘The other groups of ascomycetes are special cases.’
- ‘Interestingly, active members of the pogo family are widely dispersed in ascomycetes, whereas no transposing elements have been found in other organisms.’
- ‘Many ascomycete spores are reported to be allergenic.’
- ‘Most ascomycetes have only two different mating types, as opposed to certain other fungi, in which many more mating types exist.’
- ‘These ascomycetes are dispersed by wind and rain and invade and kill beech bark only after the scale has successfully become established.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ascomycetes (former class name), from Greek askos ‘sac’ + mukētes ‘fungi’.
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