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

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Open your windows and wear a face mask to avoid inhaling spores. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Remove Mold From Wood Furniture and Particle Board," 9 Apr. 2019 The coprolites contained genetic material from mushrooms that are colorful—often an indicator of having evolved to attract the attention of grazing animals—and that rely on animals to eat them and disperse their spores. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "DNA from the poop of extinct four-meter-tall birds reveals lost ecosystem," 15 Feb. 2018 Bath toys, with their squeeze holes that collect standing water, are the perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Jenny Marder, The Seattle Times, "There’s mold in your kids’ bath toys (and that’s probably OK)," 12 Feb. 2019 Spray with a disinfectant like Lysol to kill spores that can linger in thick padding. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Mold and Mildew in the Mustiest Corners of Your House," 6 Feb. 2019 Remember, that green spore landing on Tilly from Season One? Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Gets Back to Basics," 25 Jan. 2019 Mold spores and other airborne bacteria: Wet bathrooms and kitchens are common sources. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "The 10 Best Air-Purifying Houseplants," 12 Mar. 2019 And often, the microscopic fungal spores are too tiny and few to be seen with the naked eye at all. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 This revealed contact networks, as spores are transferred by physical contact between ants. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Sick ants stay away from the kids," 26 Nov. 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 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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