apospory

[ ap-uh-spawr-ee, -spohr-ee, uh-pos-puh-ree ]
/ ˈæp əˌspɔr i, -ˌspoʊr i, əˈpɒs pə ri /

noun Botany.

the development of a gametophyte from a sporophyte without meiosis.

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Origin of apospory

First recorded in 1880–85; apo- + spor- + -y3

OTHER WORDS FROM apospory

ap·o·spor·ic [ap-uh-spawr-ik, -spor-] /ˌæp əˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-/, a·pos·por·ous [uh-pos-per-uh s, ap-uh-spawr-uh s, -spor-] /əˈpɒs pər əs, ˌæp əˈspɔr əs, -ˈspɒr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apospory

apospory
/ (ˈæpəˌspɔːrɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for apospory

C19: from apo- + spore + -y 1
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