An example of a spore is a flower seed.
- Biol. any of various small reproductive bodies, usually consisting of a single cell, produced by bacteria, algae, mosses, ferns, certain protozoans, etc., either asexually (asexual spore) or by the union of gametes (sexual spore): they are capable of giving rise to a new adult individual, either immediately or after an interval of dormancy
- any small organism or cell that can develop into a new individual; seed, germ, etc.
Origin of sporeModern Latin spora from Gr, a sowing, seed, akin to speirein, to sow from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)er-, to strew, sow from source spread, sprout
intransitive verbspored, spor′ing
- A small, usually single-celled reproductive body that is resistant to adverse environmental conditions and is capable of growing into a new organism, produced especially by certain fungi, algae, protozoans, and nonseedbearing plants such as mosses and ferns.
- A megaspore or microspore.
- A dormant nonreproductive body formed by certain bacteria often in response to a lack of nutrients, and characteristically being highly resistant to heat, desiccation, and destruction by chemicals or enzymes.
intransitive verbspored, spor·ing, spores
Origin of sporeGreek sporā seed ; see sper- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present spores, present participle sporing, simple past and past participle spored)
- To produce spores.
From Modern Latin spora, from Ancient Greek σπορά (spora, “seed, a sowing”), related to σπόρος (sporos, “sowing”) and σπείρω (speirō, “to sow”), from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (“to strew”).