ostiole

[os-tee-ohl]

Origin of ostiole

1825–35; < Latin ōstiolum little door, equivalent to ōsti(um) door (see ostium) + -olum -ole1
Related formsos·ti·o·lar [os-tee-uh-ler, o-stahy-] /ˈɒs ti ə lər, ɒˈstaɪ-/, adjective
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ostiole

noun biology
  1. the pore in the reproductive bodies of certain algae and fungi through which spores pass
  2. any small pore
Derived Formsostiolar (ˈɒstɪələ) or ostiolate, adjective

Word Origin for ostiole

C19: from Latin ostiolum, diminutive of ostium door
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