[ sawr-uhs, sohr- ]
/ ˈsɔr əs, ˈsoʊr- /
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noun, plural so·ri [sawr-ahy, sohr-ahy]. /ˈsɔr aɪ, ˈsoʊr aɪ/.

Botany. one of the clusters of sporangia on the back of the fronds of ferns.
Mycology. a soruslike spore mass of certain fungi and lichens.



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Origin of sorus

1825–35; <New Latin <Greek sōrós heap
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British Dictionary definitions for sorus

/ (ˈsɔːrəs) /

noun plural -ri (-raɪ)

a cluster of sporangia on the undersurface of certain fern leaves
any of various similar spore-producing structures in some lichens and fungi

Word Origin for sorus

C19: via New Latin from Greek sōros a heap
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Scientific definitions for sorus

[ sôrəs ]

Plural sori (sôrī)

A cluster of sporangia borne on the underside of a fern frond. A sorus is sometimes covered by an indusium. Also called fruitdot
A reproductive structure consisting of masses of spores, characteristic of certain fungi such as rusts and smuts.
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