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

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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 Traces of fern leaves and spores were also discovered in Oetzi’s stomach. Washington Post, "Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal," 13 July 2018 According to The Asahi Shimbun, the tests are centered around whether or not spores can survive temperatures of up to 7,000 degrees. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "North Korea Is Reportedly Testing Anthrax-Tipped ICBMs," 20 Dec. 2017 When coins containing copper are buried in the garden, the metal will slowly leach out from them, and destroy any fungal spores that happen to be in the soil. David Oblas, Good Housekeeping, "13 Really Weird Things Organic Gardeners Do That Actually Work," 29 Mar. 2017 Established in 1997, a mix of oak and hazelnut trees were inoculated with the spores of French Périgord truffles, the second most valuable tuber after the Italian white truffle. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Why You Should Be Going to Australia for Fresh Black Truffles," 12 July 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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