[ tee-lee-uh-spawr, -spohr, tel-ee- ]
/ ˈti li əˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr, ˈtɛl i- /

noun Mycology.

a spore of certain rust fungi, which carries the fungus through the winter and which, on germination, produces the promycelium.

Origin of teliospore

1870–75; telio- (combining form of telium) + -spore
Also called te·leu·to·spore [tuh-loo-tuh-spawr, -spohr] /təˈlu təˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr/.

Related forms

te·li·o·spor·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for teleutospore (1 of 2)


/ (tɪˈluːtəˌspɔː) /


another name for teliospore

Derived Forms

teleutosporic, adjective

Word Origin for teleutospore

C19: from Greek teleutē, from telos end + spore

British Dictionary definitions for teleutospore (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtiːlɪəˌspɔː) /


any of the dark noninfective spores that are produced in each telium of the rust fungi and remain dormant during the winterAlso called: teleutospore

Word Origin for teliospore

C20: from telium + spore
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