[ zoh-uh-spawr, -spohr ]
/ ˈzoʊ əˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr /


Botany, Mycology. an asexual spore produced by certain algae and some fungi, capable of moving about by means of flagella.
Zoology. any of the minute motile flagelliform or ameboid bodies that issue from the sporocyst of certain protozoans.

Nearby words

  1. zooplasty,
  2. zoopraxiscope,
  3. zoosemiotics,
  4. zoosperm,
  5. zoosporangium,
  6. zoosterol,
  7. zoot suit,
  8. zoot suiter,
  9. zootechnics,
  10. zootomic

Origin of zoospore

First recorded in 1840–50; zoo- + spore

Related formszo·o·spor·ic [zoh-uh-spawr-ik, -spor-] /ˌzoʊ əˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-/, zo·os·por·ous [zoh-os-per-uh s, zoh-uh-spawr-, -spohr-] /zoʊˈɒs pər əs, ˌzoʊ əˈspɔr-, -ˈspoʊr-/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for zoospore


/ (ˈzəʊəˌspɔː) /


an asexual spore of some algae and fungi that moves by means of flagella
one of several spores produced in a saclike body (sporocyst) by some parasitic protozoans
Derived Formszoosporic or zoosporous (zəʊˈɒspərəs, ˌzəʊəˈspɔːrəs), adjective

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Science definitions for zoospore


[ zōə-spôr ]

A motile flagellated spore that serves as a means of asexual reproduction among certain algae, fungi, and protoctists.
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