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  • n  the vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching threadlike hyphae

  • It develops a network of very fine branches, called "mycelium," which secrete penicillin.
  • Plantlike, but not quite plants, fungi are rootless and leafless, consist of tiny threads (hyphae) tangled in a mass (mycelium) that can grow as much as half a mile in 24 hours.

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