fruiting body


plural fruiting bodies
: a structure (as of a moss or liverwort) specialized for producing spores
especially : the spore-producing organ of a fungus or slime mold : sporophore

Examples of fruiting body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes delicious, sometimes deadly, sometimes trippy, mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of certain types of fungi. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 8 May 2024 Mushroom fruiting bodies provide the vast majority of the polysaccharides, beta-glucans, minerals and all the other beneficial compounds that are neuroprotective, support the immune system and make fungi so good for us. Robert Johnson, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 In time fruiting bodies pop out dotting the bread’s surface. Emily Monosson, Time, 11 July 2023 This cohort wants the FDA to label mushroom products made with fruiting bodies differently than those made with mycelium and substrate. Robert Johnson, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2023 The initial more brightly colored mass will eventually turn to a more of a brown, leathery mass with crusty-looking fruiting bodies that are filled with spores. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 Spores from these fungi latch onto and kill their insect or arachnid prey—and then a fruiting body bursts from the corpse to spread more spores. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2023 Released from a fungus’s reproductive structures (or fruiting bodies), spores carry instructions for a future Shiitake, puffball, bread mold, plant rust, or brain pathogen. Emily Monosson, Time, 11 July 2023 The fungal fruiting bodies show up more easily after rain. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 19 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fruiting body was in 1887

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“Fruiting body.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

fruiting body

: a plant organ specialized for producing spores

Medical Definition

fruiting body

fruit·​ing body ˈfrüt-iŋ- How to pronounce fruiting body (audio)
: a plant organ specialized for producing spores
especially : sporophore
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