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[meg-uh-spawr, -spohr]
noun Botany.
  1. the larger of the two kinds of spores characteristically produced by seed plants and a few fern allies, developing into a female gametophyte.Compare microspore.
  2. the embryo sac of a flowering plant.
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Origin of megaspore

First recorded in 1885–90; mega- + spore
Also called macrospore.
Related formsmeg·a·spor·ic [meg-uh-spawr-ik, -spor-] /ˌmɛg əˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • In Welwitschia also the megaspore is filled with prothallus-tissue, but single egg-cells take the place of archegonia.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7


British Dictionary definitions for megaspore


  1. Also called: macrospore the larger of the two types of spore produced by some spore-bearing plants, which develops into the female gametophyteCompare microspore (def. 1)
  2. the cell in flowering plants that gives rise to the embryo sac
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Derived Formsmegasporic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for megaspore


1857, from mega- + spore.

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megaspore in Science


  1. One of the two types of haploid spores produced by a heterosporous plant. Megaspores develop into female gametophytes and are usually larger than microspores.
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