spore

noun
\ ˈspȯr How to pronounce spore (audio) \

Definition of spore

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

spore

verb
spored; sporing

Definition of spore (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to produce or reproduce by spores

Definition of -spore (Entry 3 of 3)

: spore having (such) a characteristic or origin aeciospore

Other Words from spore

Noun

spored \ ˈspȯrd How to pronounce spore (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bacterial milky spore disease, Bacillus popillae, kills Japanese beetle grubs in the soil. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2022 Inspect the wood for dry rot by looking for spore dust, fruiting bodies of fungus, or a lingering damp or musty smell. Timothy Dale, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 July 2022 Our supplement also includes a 20 million-spore probiotic, which has been found to aid with IBS symptoms. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 June 2022 Our supplement also has a 20 million-spore probiotic, which has been found to help with IBS symptoms. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 June 2022 Our vegan protein blend is complemented with a 20 million spore probiotic to keep your gut happy. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2022 Sixty percent of people who inhale a Coccidioides spore have no symptoms or only very mild flu-like symptoms, do not see a doctor, and don't make it into the statistics. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 The main component often missing for a mold spore to transition into a living colony is moisture. Michael Rubino, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Potter even once attempted to submit a scientific paper on spore germination to the Linnean Society—but eventually withdrew, per a V&A biography. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two different strains will not contribute equally to spore and stalks. Quanta Magazine, 5 Nov. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of spore

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spore

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

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Last Updated

26 Jul 2022

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“Spore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spore. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for spore

spore

noun
\ ˈspȯr How to pronounce spore (audio) \

Kids Definition of spore

: a reproductive body that is produced by fungi and by some plants and microorganisms and consists of a single cell able to produce a new individual

Other Words from spore

spored \ ˈspȯrd \ adjective

spore

noun
\ ˈspō(ə)r, ˈspȯ(ə)r How to pronounce spore (audio) \

Medical Definition of spore

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

intransitive verb
spored; sporing

Medical Definition of spore (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or reproduce by spores

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