\(ˈ)āˈthaləməs\ adjective
Etymology: a- (II) + Latin thalamus marriage bed, bedroom (from Greek thalamos bedroom, room) + English -ous; akin to Greek tholos rotunda — more at dale
1. : lacking a torus or receptacle

athalamous flowers

2. : without apothecia, beds, or shields for spores

athalamous lichens

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athalamous, a. Bot.
[f. Gr.priv. + θάλαµ-ος bed + -ous.]
Of lichens: Having no conceptacles or spore-shields on the thallus.
in Craig.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Athalamous — A*thal a*mous, a. [Gr. a priv. + ? nuptial bed.] (Bot.) Not furnished with shields or beds for the spores, as the thallus of certain lichens. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • athalamous — athal·a·mous …   English syllables

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