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teliospore

[tee-lee-uh-spawr, -spohr, tel-ee-]
noun Mycology.
  1. a spore of certain rust fungi, which carries the fungus through the winter and which, on germination, produces the promycelium.
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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 formste·li·o·spor·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for teliospore

teliospore

noun
  1. any of the dark noninfective spores that are produced in each telium of the rust fungi and remain dormant during the winterAlso called: teleutospore
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Word Origin for teliospore

C20: from telium + spore
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