[ap-uh-spawr-ee, -spohr-ee, uh-pos-puh-ree]
- the development of a gametophyte from a sporophyte without meiosis.
Origin of apospory
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for apospory
This phenomenon of apospory was first discovered in mosses, but is now also known in a number of ferns (see Pteridophyta).
- botany development of the gametophyte from the sporophyte without the formation of spores
- the development of an embryo of a flowering plant outside the embryo sac, from a cell of the nucellus or chalaza
C19: from apo- + spore + -y 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012