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fruiting body


noun

an organ that produces spores; fructification.

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Nearby words

fruited, fruiter, fruiterer, fruitful, fruitfully, fruiting body, fruition, fruitive, fruitless, fruitlessly, fruitlet

Origin of fruiting body

First recorded in 1915–20
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British Dictionary definitions for fruiting body

fruiting body


noun

the part of a fungus in which the spores are producedAlso: fruit body
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Science definitions for fruiting body

fruiting body

[ frōōtĭng ]

A specialized spore-producing structure, especially of a fungus. A mushroom is the fruiting body of a fungus.
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