noun, plural pa·raph·y·ses [puhrafuh-seez] /pəˈræf əˌsiz/. Botany, Mycology.

  1. one of the erect, sterile filaments often growing among the reproductive organs in many fungi, mosses, and ferns.

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

  1. any of numerous sterile cells occurring between the sex organs of mosses and algae and between the spore-producing bodies of basidiomycetous and ascomycetous fungi

Plural paraphyses (pə-răfĭ-sēz′)

  1. One of the erect sterile filaments often occurring among the reproductive organs of certain fungi, algae, and mosses.
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