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 spored (audio) \ adjective

Examples of spore in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Take pictures of the mushrooms in their natural state, and close-ups of the cap and stem and gills (and spores) are crucial to an accurate ID. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Just the thought of it made my heart speed up a little’: The best comments this week on seattletimes.com," 31 May 2019 For instance, the office has ensured that each Mars rover carried no more than 300,000 bacterial spores on any surface exposed to the Martian environment. Nola Taylor Redd, Discover Magazine, "Mars Doesn't Need Our Microbes: How to Keep the Red Planet Pristine," 8 May 2019 The Budget Superstar A slim and sleek model that can be adjusted to three fan speeds, this HEPA air purifier claims to remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander. Sunset, "These 5 Home Air Purifiers Will Help You Breathe Easier," 22 Jan. 2018 Who’s going to die, who’s going to become the spores, and so on. Quanta Magazine, "The Woman Who Stared at Wasps," 5 Nov. 2015 Pollen update: Grass pollen is moderate/high, as are mold spores. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Remaining pleasant tonight, and turning a bit warmer Friday," 7 June 2018 Mold spores are always floating around in the air and just need the right conditions to grow and thrive. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 First, take it outside, brush off the mildew spores (a stiff brush works best) and sun dry the item for about three hours. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 Nestled inside the dusty fragments are millions of microfossils—preserved remains of pollen spores, leaf litter, wood and other debris. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How the Ancestors of Birds Survived the Dino-Killing Asteroid," 24 May 2018

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

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 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
spored; sporing

Medical Definition of spore (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce or reproduce by spores

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