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[buh-sid-ee-oh-spawr, -spohr] /bəˈsɪd i oʊˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr/
noun, Mycology.
a spore that is borne by a basidium.
Origin of basidiospore
First recorded in 1855-60; basidi(um) + -o- + -spore
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[buh-sid-ee-os-per-uh s, -ee-uh-spawr-uh s, -spohr-] /bəˌsɪd iˈɒs pər əs, -i əˈspɔr əs, -ˈspoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
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one of the spores, usually four in number, produced in a basidium
Derived Forms
basidiosporous, adjective
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basidiospore in Science
A sexually produced fungal spore borne on a basidium in the fungi known as basidiomycetes. Basidiospores are produced by the union of the nuclei at the tip of a binucleated segment of a hypha. The resulting zygote then divides by meiosis into four haploid nuclei, each of which migrates to the very tip to be released as a basidiospore. A typical mushroom produces billions of basidiospores.
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