Ostiole meaning

ŏs'tē-ōl'
A small opening or pore, as of a fruiting body.
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A small opening or orifice, as a pore.
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A small opening or pore, as of a fruiting body.
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(mycology) A small hole or opening through which certain fungi release their mature spores.
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(botany) A similar hole or opening in plants, such as the opening of the involuted fig inflorescence through which fig wasps enter to pollinate and breed.
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Origin of ostiole

  • Latin ōstiolum diminutive of ōstium opening ostium
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition