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[spawr-uh-kahrp, spohr-]
noun Botany, Mycology.
  1. (in higher fungi, lichens, and red algae) a multicellular structure in which spores form; a fruiting body.
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Origin of sporocarp

First recorded in 1840–50; sporo- + -carp
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Examples from the Web for sporocarp

Historical Examples of sporocarp

  • A fruiting portion, magnified, showing the structure; a sporocarp, and an antheridium.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Portion magnified, showing the two kinds of sporocarp; the small ones contain microspores.

  • One of these threads reaches and fertilizes a cell at the apex of the nucleus or solid body of the sporocarp.

British Dictionary definitions for sporocarp


  1. a specialized leaf branch in certain aquatic ferns that encloses the sori
  2. the spore-producing structure in certain algae, lichens, and fungi
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