suspensor

noun

sus·​pen·​sor sə-ˈspen(t)-sər How to pronounce suspensor (audio)
: a suspending part or structure: such as
a
: a group or chain of cells that is produced from the zygote of a seed plant and serves to push the developing embryo into the endosperm
b
: either of a pair of gametangia-bearing hyphal outgrowths in fungi (order Mucorales) that extend from two sexually compatible hyphae and support the resulting zygospore

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Latin suspendere

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suspensor was in 1832

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“Suspensor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspensor. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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