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Words nearby spor-
WORDS THAT USE SPOR-
What does spor- mean?
Spor- ultimately comes from the Greek sporá, meaning “sowing” or “seed.” Sporadic, meaning “occasional,” comes from the related Greek sporadikós. Find out what sporadic has to do with seeds at our entry.
What are variants of spor-?
Spor- is a variant of sporo-, which loses its –o- when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. When combined with words or word elements of Latin origin, spor- becomes spori-, as in sporiferous. When used at the end of a word, as a suffix, spor- becomes -spore, as in teliospore. A related adjectival form is -sporous, which means “having spores” or, literally, “full of spores.”
Examples of spor-
One example of a scientific term featuring spor- is sporont, “an encysted spore developed from a zygote.”
As we know, spior- means “spore,” but what about the -ont portion of the word? It means “being,” from Greek eînai, “to be,” and sporont literally translates to “spore being.”
What are some words that are related to the combining form spor-?
The following examples use the equivalent form of spor- in Latin.
What are some other forms that spor- may be commonly confused with?
Not all words that begin with the letters spor-, such as sporran and sport, are necessarily using spor- as a combining form to mean “spore.” Find out where these similarly spelled yet unrelated words come from at our entries for sporran and sport.
Example sentences from the Web for spor-
Before long Spor itself came into sight, lifted high on a healthy hillside and capped by a picturesque castle.Italian Alps|Douglas William Freshfield
Sporran, spor′an, n. an ornamental pouch worn in front of the kilt by the Highlanders of Scotland.