spore

noun
\ˈspȯr \

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

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Other Words from spore

Noun

spored \ ˈspȯrd \ adjective

Examples of spore in a Sentence

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Normally, the spores that result from this strain of bacteria won't cause illness, even if eaten. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Taco Bell has just issued a warning for its popular salsa con queso.," 25 July 2018 There is as yet no ‘smoking gun’ that life on Earth is an offshoot of interstellar spores. Jamie Seidel, Fox News, "Wild new alien theory emerges," 28 June 2018 Researchers from Cornell University and elsewhere are studying a new technique to track the clouds of spores by indirect genetic sampling rather than by direct microscopic examination, to make better predictions of moth damage. New York Times, "Where Have All the Gypsy Moths Gone?," 11 May 2018 The fungus commands the ant to bite onto the vein of a leaf, then kills the thing and grows as a stalk out of the back of its head, turning it into a showerhead raining spores onto victims down below. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Climate Change Made Zombie Ants Even More Cunning," 29 May 2018 People become infected by inhaling tiny Histoplasma spores. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "The Rescued Thai Soccer Team Is Being Monitored For 'Cave Disease' and Other Health Concerns," 10 July 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Field biologist treks through tropical hardwood hammocks to collect rare fern sporesFlorida Forever? Jim Turner, miamiherald, "Court says Legislature defied voters by diverting money meant to buy, preserve land," 15 June 2018 The dead body then explosively releases a cloud of spores, potentially killing many more caterpillars and heading off damage to tree leaves. New York Times, "Where Have All the Gypsy Moths Gone?," 11 May 2018 Likewise, fossil spores suggest multicellular plants evolved from algae at least 470 million years ago. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "The momentous transition to multicellular life may not have been so hard after all," 28 June 2018

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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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spore

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spore

biology : a cell made by some plants that is like a seed and can produce a new plant

spore

noun
\ˈspȯr \

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 \

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

spored; sporing

Medical Definition of spore (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or reproduce by spores

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