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Botany. the layer or one of the layers of cells in the capsule of a moss surrounding the spores.
Mycology. (in certain lichens) a layer of cells that surrounds the fungal apothecium.
noun (pl) -cia (-sɪə)
the outer layer of cells of the sporophyte of mosses and liverworts that develops into the outer parts of the spore-bearing capsule


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