1. a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion
; - Example: "a sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
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3 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spore \Spore\ (sp[=o]r), n. [Gr. ? a sowing, seed, from ? to
sow. Cf. Sperm.]
(a) One of the minute grains in flowerless plants, which
are analogous to seeds, as serving to reproduce the
Note: Spores are produced differently in the different
classes of cryptogamous plants, and as regards their
nature are often so unlike that they have only their
minuteness in common. The peculiar spores of diatoms
(called auxospores) increase in size, and at length
acquire a siliceous coating, thus becoming new diatoms
of full size. Compare Macrospore, Microspore,
Oospore, Resting spore, Sphaerospore,
Swarmspore, Tetraspore, Zoospore, and
(b) An embryo sac or embryonal vesicle in the ovules of
(a) A minute grain or germ; a small, round or ovoid body,
formed in certain organisms, and by germination giving
rise to a new organism; as, the reproductive spores of
(b) One of the parts formed by fission in certain
Protozoa. See Spore formation, belw.
(a) (Biol) A mode of reproduction resembling multiple
fission, common among Protozoa, in which the organism
breaks up into a number of pieces, or spores, each of
which eventually develops into an organism like the
parent form. --Balfour.
(b) The formation of reproductive cells or spores, as in
the growth of bacilli.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body
produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some
bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing
into a new individual without sexual fusion; "a sexual
spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
55 Moby Thesaurus words for "spore":
adenovirus, aerobe, aerobic bacteria, amoeba, anaerobe,
anaerobic bacteria, bacillus, bacteria, bacterium, basidium, bug,
coccus, cystocarp, disease-producing microorganism, echovirus,
enterovirus, filterable virus, fungus, germ,
gram-negative bacteria, gram-positive bacteria, macrospore,
megaspore, microbe, microorganism, microsporangium, microspore,
mold, nonfilterable virus, pathogen, picornavirus, planospore,
protozoa, protozoon, reovirus, rhinovirus, rickettsia, sorus,
spirillum, spirochete, sporangium, sporocarp, sporocyst, sporocyte,
sporophore, sporophyte, sporule, staphylococcus, streptococcus,
swarm spore, trypanosome, vibrio, virus, zoospore, zygospore