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[het-uh-ros-puh-ruh s, het-er-uh-spawr-uh s, -spohr-] /ˌhɛt əˈrɒs pə rəs, ˌhɛt ər əˈspɔr əs, -ˈspoʊr-/
adjective, Botany.
having more than one kind of spore.
Origin of heterosporous
First recorded in 1870-75; hetero- + -sporous Unabridged
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(of seed plants and some ferns and club mosses) producing megaspores and microspores Compare homosporous
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heterospory, noun
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heterosporous in Science
  (hět'ər-ə-spôr'əs, hět'ə-rŏs'pər-əs)   
Producing two types of spores differing in size and sex, the male microspore and the female megaspore, which develop into separate male and female gametophytes. All seed-bearing plants, as well as some ferns and other seedless plants, are heterosporous. Compare homosporous.
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