Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
Bot. a many-celled body produced from a fertilized archicarp, serving for the development of spores in red algae, lichens, etc.
Origin: sporo- plush -carp
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A multicellular structure in which spores are formed, especially in red algae and certain fungi and slime molds.
- A receptacle containing sporangia, as in the pepperwort.