fruiting body


Definition of fruiting body

: a plant organ specialized for producing spores especially : sporophore

Examples of fruiting body in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Truffles, like mushrooms, are the fruiting body of a larger fungal organism, biologically designed to spread spore and therefore, said fungus. Amy Drew Thompson,, 16 Mar. 2021 Keep in mind that a mushroom is merely the fruiting body of a fungus that most of the time lives as fine white filaments of mycelium. Ellen Nibali,, 31 Dec. 2020 The only part that is eaten is usually the edge of the fruiting body. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2020 The mushroom is just the fruiting body, similar to an apple on a tree. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2020 The mushroom is a fruiting body, full of minuscule reproductive spores that are light enough to float on air. Beth Botts,, 18 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fruiting body

1918, in the meaning defined above

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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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