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megasporangium

[ meg-uh-spaw-ran-jee-uhm, -spoh- ]
/ ˌmɛg ə spɔˈræn dʒi əm, -spoʊ- /
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noun, plural meg·a·spo·ran·gi·a [meg-uh-spaw-ran-jee-uh, -spoh-]. /ˌmɛg ə spɔˈræn dʒi ə, -spoʊ-/. Botany.

a sporangium containing megaspores.

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Origin of megasporangium

First recorded in 1885–90; mega- + sporangium
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Example sentences from the Web for megasporangium

  • The number of microspores produced is very large, but only four megaspores are borne in each megasporangium.

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British Dictionary definitions for megasporangium

megasporangium
/ (ˌmɛɡəspɔːˈrændʒɪəm) /

noun plural -gia (-dʒɪə)

the structure in certain spore-bearing plants in which the megaspores are formed: corresponds to the ovule in seed plantsCompare microsporangium
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for megasporangium

megasporangium
[ mĕg′ə-spə-rănjē-əm ]

Plural megasporangia

A plant structure in which megaspores are formed, such as those of the female cones of pines.
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