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homosporous

[ huh-mos-per-uhs, hoh-, hoh-muh-spawr-uhs, -spohr- ]
/ həˈmɒs pər əs, hoʊ-, ˌhoʊ məˈspɔr əs, -ˈspoʊr- /
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adjective Botany.
having the spores of one kind only.
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Origin of homosporous

First recorded in 1885–90; homo- + spore + -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for homosporous

homosporous
/ (hɒˈmɒspərəs, ˌhəʊməʊˈspɔːrəs) /

adjective
(of most ferns and some other spore-bearing plants) producing spores of one kind only, which develop into hermaphrodite gametophytesCompare heterosporous

Derived forms of homosporous

homospory (həʊˈmɒspərɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for homosporous

homosporous
[ hō′mə-spôrəs, hŏm′ə-, hō-mŏspər-əs ]

Producing spores of one kind only that are not differentiated by sex. The spores of homosporous plants, such as horsetails and most ferns, grow into bisexual gametophytes (producing both male and female gametes). Compare heterosporous.
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