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Strawberry anther with parallel thecae

EtymologyEdit

From New Latin, from Latin theca, from Ancient Greek θήκη (thḗkē, a case, box, receptacle), from τίθημι (títhēmi, put, set, place). Doublet of tay.

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theca (plural thecas or thecae)

  1. (biology) Any external case or sheath.
  2. (botany) The pollen producing organ usually found in pairs and forming an anther.
  3. (medicine) The twin layers of cells surrounding the basal lamina of an ovarian follicle
  4. (microbiology, planktology) The membrane complex enveloping the cells of certain plankton including diatoms and dinoflagellates
  5. (marine biology) The calcareous wall of a corallite, the exoskeleton of a coral polyp
  6. (Christianity) A case for the corporal cloth used in the Eucharist.
 
Theca (1) of a dinoflagellate

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek θήκη (thḗkē, a case, box, receptacle), from τίθημι (títhēmi, put, set, place).

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NounEdit

thēca f (genitive thēcae); first declension

  1. a case, envelope, sheath

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First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative thēca thēcae
genitive thēcae thēcārum
dative thēcae thēcīs
accusative thēcam thēcās
ablative thēcā thēcīs
vocative thēca thēcae

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