One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slime mould, especially an acellular one whose vegetative stage is a multinucleate plasmodium.
- ‘A survey of myxomycetes was conducted at three sites within Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Wilson County, Tennessee from May 1 to September 30, 1993.’
- ‘Fortunately, mycologists quickly dismissed any Extraterrestrial Biological Entity hypothesis and identified the blobs as part of a slime mold or myxomycete.’
- ‘To our knowledge, this tiny myxomycete is known only from moist chamber cultures of living tree and vine bark such as elms, grapevines, maples, oaks, red bud, red cedar, and yellow poplar.’
- ‘This was the most common and abundant corticolous myxomycete in the park.’
- ‘These observations corroborate results of the cognate introns in the myxomycetes Didymium and Physarum, where no in vitro splicing products were detected.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Myxomycetes, from myxo- ‘slime’ + Greek mukētes ‘fungi’.
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