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

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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 Fishermen place spore-holding sorus tissue along lengths of rope and submerge them, letting Mother Nature do the rest. BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2021 The center uses a Burkard spore trap to capture pollen on its Greenfield roof. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2021 The dress’s pattern was inspired, incidentally, by spore cultures. Mark Holgate, Vogue, 13 Apr. 2021 Microscopic examinations revealed the spore surface is lined with rows of proteins called rodlins that may grab a passing flagellum—working much like Velcro. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 22 Mar. 2021 Truffles, like mushrooms, are the fruiting body of a larger fungal organism, biologically designed to spread spore and therefore, said fungus. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 16 Mar. 2021 McPherson said there are other efforts that give hope to the situation, such as developing spore banks so kelp can eventually be replanted when conditions are right. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2021 Now the would-be cultivator only needed the spore syringe, a Mason jar, some kitchenware, and the ability to follow directions. Joanna Steinhardt, Wired, 12 Feb. 2021 For now, however, the relationship is still strong enough for Fox to remain a leading spore of election disinformation. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Two different strains will not contribute equally to spore and stalks. Quanta Magazine, 5 Nov. 2015

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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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2 Jul 2021

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“Spore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spore. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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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 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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