spore

1 of 3

noun

: 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 adjective

spore

2 of 3

verb

spored; sporing

intransitive verb

: to produce or reproduce by spores

-spore

3 of 3

noun combining form

: spore having (such) a characteristic or origin
aeciospore

Examples of spore in a Sentence

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Noun
Also, rinse leaves with water early in the day to wash away mildew spores. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2024 Discovery used its spore drive once more, transporting itself to a resting place, where one day, it will be found by a new generation of explorers with dreams of finding new life and boldly going where no one has gone before. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 30 May 2024
Verb
Two different strains will not contribute equally to spore and stalks. Quanta Magazine, 5 Nov. 2015 See all Example Sentences for spore 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spore was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Spore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spore. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

spore

1 of 2 noun
ˈspō(ə)r How to pronounce spore (audio)
ˈspȯ(ə)r
: a reproductive body that is produced by fungi and by some plants and microorganisms (as ferns and bacteria) and that usually consists of a single cell and is able to produce a new individual either by developing by itself or after fusion with another spore
spored
ˈspō(ə)rd How to pronounce spore (audio)
ˈspȯ(ə)rd
adjective

spore

2 of 2 verb
spored; sporing
: to produce or reproduce by spores

Medical Definition

spore

1 of 2 noun
: 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

2 of 2 intransitive verb
spored; sporing
: to produce or reproduce by spores

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