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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


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


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

Examples of spore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition, the ferns Borealopelta ate had mature sporangia, the spore-launching organs on the undersides of the leaves. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Armored dinosaur's last meal preserved in stunning detail," 2 June 2020 If the white spores of the disease appear on a few leaves, remove them. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area gardeners can look ahead to corn, squash and beans," 23 May 2020 The first two infest the soil, the third spreads only by spores that are windborne from infected plants. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "Many options when growing tomatoes: What you need to know," 28 Feb. 2020 In the 2 December 2019 issue of Nature Chemical Biology, for example, Christopher Voigt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his colleagues describe seeding a plastic with bacterial spores that continuously generate bacteria. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "From 'living' cement to medicine-delivering biofilms, biologists remake the material world," 18 Feb. 2020 For instance, a particular fern spore picked up by the killer was rare in that region. Amy Stewart, Washington Post, "By studying a few grains of pollen, she can trace a murderer’s footsteps," 26 Sep. 2019 The continued growth releasing infectious spores which can spread the fungus to other hosts. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "A 'zombie-ant' fungus is causing bugs to chomp leaves with a literal death grip," 22 July 2019 Dispose of all fallen leaves which can also spread spores even further. oregonlive, "Oozing sap may discolor maple bark: Ask an expert," 26 Apr. 2020 When the coronavirus outbreak shut these restaurants down, Smallhold kept farming, and began sending spores to apartments all over the city. Toniann Fernandez, Bon Appétit, "I Ordered Two Bags of Dirt, and a Week Later I Had Mushrooms," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two different strains will not contribute equally to spore and stalks. Quanta Magazine, "The Woman Who Stared at Wasps," 5 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of spore


1836, in the meaning defined above


1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spore


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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The first known use of spore was in 1836

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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spore. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of spore

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


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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


\ 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
spored; sporing

Medical Definition of spore (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or reproduce by spores

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