[ mahy-kruh-spawr, ‐spohr ]
/ ˈmaɪ krəˌspɔr, ‐ˌspoʊr /

noun Botany.

the smaller of the two kinds of spores characteristically produced by seed plants and some fern allies, developing into a male gametophyte.Compare megaspore,
a pollen grain.


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Origin of microspore

First recorded in 1855–60; micro- + -spore


mi·cro·spor·ic [mahy-kruh-spawr-ik, ‐spor‐] /ˌmaɪ krəˈspɔr ɪk, ‐ˈspɒr‐/, mi·cro·spor·ous [mahy-kruh-spawr-uh s, ‐spohr‐, mahy-kros-per-uh s] /maɪ krəˈspɔr əs, ‐ˈspoʊr‐, maɪˈkrɒs pər əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for microspore

/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌspɔː) /


the smaller of two types of spore produced by some spore-bearing plants, which develops into the male gametophyteCompare megaspore (def. 1)
the pollen grain of seed plants

Derived forms of microspore

microsporic or microsporous, adjective
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Scientific definitions for microspore

[ mīkrə-spôr′ ]

One of the two types of haploid spores produced by a heterosporous plant. Microspores develop into male gametophytes and are usually smaller than megaspores. In angiosperms, the microspore develops into the pollen grain.
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