spore

1 of 3

noun

: a primitive usually unicellular often environmentally resistant dormant or reproductive body produced by plants, fungi, and some microorganisms and capable of development into a new individual either directly or after fusion with another spore
spored adjective

spore

2 of 3

verb

spored; sporing

intransitive verb

: to produce or reproduce by spores

-spore

3 of 3

noun combining form

: spore having (such) a characteristic or origin
aeciospore

Examples of spore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
If so, that boost of humidity is just enough moisture to aid in the germination of powdery mildew spores that then infect the leaves. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 1 Feb. 2024 Spraying caterpillars with spores of the parasite O. sinensis does not infect them. Longreads, 8 Sep. 2023 Dispose of all clippings, leaves and petals around the base of the plant to get rid of dormant spores of fungi and over-wintering pests. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 Environmental allergens such as pollen, dust mites, or mold spores can also provoke excessive paw licking. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 6 Aug. 2023 Indoor moisture and high humidity are the perfect conditions for mold spores to grow and circulate through your home. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 19 June 2023 The disease can cause flu-like symptoms in people who breathe in the microscopic spores of the fungus Coccidioides. Mark Takahashi, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2023 Most molds thrive in warm temperatures, but many can grow in the refrigerator by producing spores. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 20 Dec. 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
Verb
Two different strains will not contribute equally to spore and stalks. Quanta Magazine, 5 Nov. 2015 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

New Latin spora seed, spore, from Greek, act of sowing, seed, from speirein to sow — more at sperm

Noun combining form

borrowed from New Latin -spora spore entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spore was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Spore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spore. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

spore

1 of 2 noun
ˈspō(ə)r How to pronounce spore (audio)
ˈspȯ(ə)r
: a reproductive body that is produced by fungi and by some plants and microorganisms (as ferns and bacteria) and that usually consists of a single cell and is able to produce a new individual either by developing by itself or after fusion with another spore
spored
ˈspō(ə)rd How to pronounce spore (audio)
ˈspȯ(ə)rd
adjective

spore

2 of 2 verb
spored; sporing
: to produce or reproduce by spores

Medical Definition

spore

1 of 2 noun
: a primitive usually unicellular often environmentally resistant dormant or reproductive body produced by plants, fungi, and some microorganisms and capable of developing into a new individual either directly or after fusion with another spore

spore

2 of 2 intransitive verb
spored; sporing
: to produce or reproduce by spores

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