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sterigma (plural sterigmata)
- (biology) A slim projecting part of the basidium of some species of fungi that carries the basidiospore.
- (biology) A woody projection from the tip of the leaf base in certain conifers (Picea and Tsuga).
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- These sterigmata are retained and make the twigs rough for several years after leaf fall.
- (biology) Part of the genitalia of moths.