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the•ca



Pronunciation: (thē'ku), [key]
n.,
pl. -caePronunciation: (-sē). [key]

1. a case or receptacle.
2. Bot., Mycol.
a. a sac, cell, or capsule.
b. a sporangium.
3. Anat., Zool.a case or sheath enclosing an organ, structure, etc., as the horny covering of an insect pupa.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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