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spore

noun \ ˈspȯr \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of spore

: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

play \ˈspȯrd\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of spore

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


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spore

verb

Definition of spore

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

First Known Use of spore

1866


-spore

noun comb form

Definition of -spore

:spore having (such) a characteristic or origin
  • aeciospore

Origin and Etymology of -spore

borrowed from New Latin -spora 1spore


SPORE Defined for English Language Learners

spore

noun

Definition of spore for English Language Learners

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


SPORE Defined for Kids

spore

noun \ ˈspȯr \

Definition of spore for Students

: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

spored

\ˈspȯrd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

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spore

noun \ ˈspō(ə)r, ˈspȯ(ə)r \

medical Definition of spore

: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

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spore

intransitive verb

medical Definition of spore

spored; sporing
:to produce or reproduce by spores


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