sporocarp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sporocarp specialized leaf branch in certain aquatic ferns that encloses the sori or clusters of sporangia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sporocarp (Bot) A closed body or conceptacle containing one or more masses of spores or sporangia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sporocarp In botany, a pluricellular body developed as the product of a sexual act, serving essentially for the formation of spores, and ceasing to exist after having once, with comparative rapidity, formed a number of spores. The fructification developed from an archicarp or procarp in Fungi and Rhodophyceæ is a sporocarp; such, also, is the sporogonium in Muscineæ. The term is also used for the capsule like structure formed by the indusium inclosing the sporangia in the heterosporous Filicineæ Goebel. See cuts under annulus, Marsilea, mildew, and moss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Sporocarp a many-celled form of fruit produced in certain lower cryptogams in consequence of a sexual act
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Spore, + Gr. fruit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sporos, a sowing, seed—speirein, to sow.

Usage

In literature:

On the under side of the branches are found egg-shaped thin-walled sporocarps of two kinds.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
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