verb (used without object), spored, spor·ing.
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Origin of spore
OTHER WORDS FROM sporesporal, adjectivesporoid, adjectivein·ter·spor·al, adjective
Definition for spore (2 of 2)
WORDS THAT USE -SPORE
What does -spore mean?
The form -spore ultimately comes from the Greek sporá, meaning “sowing” and “seed.” Sporadic, meaning “occasional,” comes from the related Greek adjective sporadikós. Find out what sporadic has to do with seeds at our entry.
What are variants of –spore?
When used at the beginning of a word, as a prefix, -spore becomes spor-, spori-, or sporo-, as in sporocyst. A variant suffix used to create adjectives from nouns is –sporous, as in acrosporous, from acrospore.
Examples of -spore
One example of a term from biology that features the combining form -spore is microspore, “the smaller of the two kinds of spores characteristically produced by seed plants and some fern allies.” It can also refer to “a pollen grain.”
The micro- portion of the word may look familiar; it means “small,” from Greek mīkrós. As we have seen, -spore means “spore” or “seed.” Microspore literally translates to “small spore” or “small seed.”
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Example sentences from the Web for spore
Anthrax, or Bacillus anthracis, is spore-forming bacteria found in soil that most commonly affects cattle.
The CDC says that about 60 percent of the people who inhale the spore do not contract valley fever.
Spore, another spinoff, taught players about the randomly branching paths evolution can take.SimCity Is Smarter Than You (Even If You’re an Urban Planner)|Josh Dzieza|February 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Budding (as in yeast) and spore formation are familiar to us in plants.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
At length a hard coat forms around this cell, which has now become a spore.A Civic Biology|George William Hunter
Thus the spore of the sun—the whispering spheres—found a set of conditions fitted for growth.The Whispering Spheres|Russell Robert Winterbotham
This destroys the resisting power of the spore membrane and allows the stain to reach the interior.
This dissolves out any fat or crystals that might otherwise retain the "spore" stain.
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Word Origin for spore
Medical definitions for spore
Other words from sporespo•ra′ceous (spə-rā′shəs, spô-) adj.
Scientific definitions for spore
Cultural definitions for spore
A reproductive cell or group of cells, produced by some plants, that is capable of developing into an adult plant without combining with another reproductive cell. Plants also produce sperm cells. The spores of nonflowering plants are analogous to the seeds of flowering plants. (See asexual reproduction; compare sexual reproduction.) Fungi and algae typically reproduce by means of spores that are carried by the wind or some other agency to a new location for growth.