verb (used without object), spored, spor·ing.
Origin of spore
Related Words for sporesegg, grain, nut, berry, corn, germ, unit, bacterium, spore, kernel, concept, rudiment, impression, inkling, ovum, cell, start, suspicion, bud, image
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Contemporary Examples of spores
As a result of the small size of the spores, anthrax is virtually impossible to see, smell, or taste.CDC: 80 May Have Been Exposed to Anthrax
June 19, 2014
All of us inhale a few dozen spores every day and are no worse for wear.Contamination Seen as Cause for New Meningitis Outbreak in Five States
October 4, 2012
Ultrafiltration membranes remove more than 99 percent of bacteria, molds, and spores from drinking water, and can be used at home.Technologies That Empower Women
March 7, 2010
Historical Examples of spores
But it is unnecessary to dwell longer on the spores of fungi.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
This family is divided into five series, according to the color of their spores.
The spores are globose or nearly so, with a large "nucleus" nearly filling the spore.
Spores ovate or subelliptical, mostly uninucleate, sordid green.
If the spores should be colored, white paper should be used.
Word Origin for spore
1836, from Modern Latin spora, from Greek spora "seed, a sowing," related to sporos "sowing," and speirein "to sow," from PIE *sper- "to strew" (see sprout (v.)).
A reproductive cell or group of cells, produced by some plants, that is capable of developing into an adult plant without combining with another reproductive cell. Plants also produce sperm cells. The spores of nonflowering plants are analogous to the seeds of flowering plants. (See asexual reproduction; compare sexual reproduction.) Fungi and algae typically reproduce by means of spores that are carried by the wind or some other agency to a new location for growth.