One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the (former) order or class Discomycetes of fungi; resembling fungi of this group, especially in possessing a discocarp; (of lichens) having a fungal component of this group.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Arthur Henfrey (d. 1859), botanist. From scientific Latin Discomycetes + -ous.
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