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[spawr-uh-fawr, spohr-uh-fohr]
noun Mycology.
  1. a fungus hypha specialized to bear spores.
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Origin of sporophore

First recorded in 1840–50; sporo- + -phore
Related formsspo·ro·phor·ic [spawr-uh-fawr-ik, -for-, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr-, ˌspoʊr-/, spo·roph·o·rous [spuh-rof-er-uh s] /spəˈrɒf ər əs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for sporophore

Historical Examples

  • The term “receptacle” sometimes applied to these spore-bearing hyphae is better replaced by sporophore.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


  • Stump of Norway Spruce, with a sporophore of polyporus annosus several years old; the inner portions of the stump wholly decayed.

    Wood and Forest

    William Noyes

British Dictionary definitions for sporophore


  1. an organ in fungi that produces or carries spores, esp the massive spore-bearing body of mushrooms, etc
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