- the smaller of the two kinds of spores characteristically produced by seed plants and some fern allies, developing into a male gametophyte.Compare megaspore,
- a pollen grain.
Origin of microspore
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Microspore, the smaller kind of spore when there are two kinds, 161.The Elements of Botany
Germination of the microspore begins before it leaves the pollen-sac.
- the smaller of two types of spore produced by some spore-bearing plants, which develops into the male gametophyteCompare megaspore (def. 1)
- the pollen grain of seed plants
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Word Origin and History for microspore
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- One of the two types of haploid spores produced by a heterosporous plant. Microspores develop into male gametophytes and are usually smaller than megaspores. In angiosperms, the microspore develops into the pollen grain.
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