ostiole

[ os-tee-ohl ]
/ ˈɒs tiˌoʊl /

noun

Biology. a small opening or pore, especially in the fruiting body of a fungus.

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Origin of ostiole

1825–35; <Latin ōstiolum little door, equivalent to ōsti(um) door (see ostium) + -olum-ole1

OTHER WORDS FROM ostiole

os·ti·o·lar [os-tee-uh-ler, o-stahy-], /ˈɒs ti ə lər, ɒˈstaɪ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ostiole

ostiole
/ (ˈɒstɪˌəʊl) /

noun biology

the pore in the reproductive bodies of certain algae and fungi through which spores pass
any small pore

Derived forms of ostiole

ostiolar (ˈɒstɪələ) or ostiolate, adjective

Word Origin for ostiole

C19: from Latin ostiolum, diminutive of ostium door
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