fruiting body


Definition of fruiting body

: a plant organ specialized for producing spores especially : sporophore

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Recent Examples on the Web As a Chinese immigrant, my body is seen as a fruiting body in a sinister yellow fungal network, grown too fast and too powerful, primed to release spores of disease across the world. Zoe Yang, Bon Appétit, "As Coronavirus Panic Spreads, I Went in Search of Wuhan’s Defining Dish," 6 Feb. 2020 Finding fossilized versions of these slime molds is extremely rare, with only two confirmed reports of fruiting bodies found prior, both of which are between 35 million and 40 million years old. Fox News, "100-million-year-old slime mold found perfectly preserved in amber," 9 Jan. 2020

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1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Fruiting body.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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fruiting body

fruit·​ing body | \ ˈfrüt-iŋ- How to pronounce fruiting body (audio) \

Medical Definition of fruiting body

: a plant organ specialized for producing spores especially : sporophore

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