• WordNet 3.6
    • n spore 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The giant puffball, lycoperdon giganteum, produces 7,000,000,000,000 spores, each of which could grow into a puffball a foot in diameter and collectively cover an area of 280,000 square mile, greater than the size of Texas. Fortunately, only one of the spores actually becomes a puffball, and all the others die.
    • Spore (Biol) 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 bacteria, etc.
    • Spore (Bot) An embryo sac or embryonal vesicle in the ovules of flowering plants.
    • Spore (Bot) One of the minute grains in flowerless plants, which are analogous to seeds, as serving to reproduce the species.
    • Spore (Biol) One of the parts formed by fission in certain Protozoa. See Spore formation, belw.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spore A. Middle English form of spur.
    • n spore In botany, a single cell which becomes free and is capable of developing directly into a new morphologically and physiologically independent individual. The name is given to all the reproductive bodies of cryptogamous plants, which are the analogues of the seeds of the higher or flowering plants, from which they further differ by having no embryo. In the majority of cases a spore consists of a nucleated mass of protoplasm, inclosing starch or oil as reserve nutritive material, surrounded by a cellwall. In those cases in which the spore is capable of germination immediately on the completion of its development, the cell-wall is a single delicate membrane consisting of cellulose; but in those cases in which the spore must pass through a period of quiescence before germination, the wall is thick and may consist of two layers, an inner, the endospore, which is delicate and consists of cellulose, and an outer, the exo spore, which is thick and rigid, frequently dark-colored, and beset externally with spines or bosses, and which consists of cutin. In certain plants, as some algæ and fungi, spores are produced which are for a time destitute of any cell-wall. They are further peculiar in that they are motile, on which account they are called zoöspores. In the various divisions of cryptogams the spores are produced in many different ways and under various conditions. See æcidiospore, ascospore, bispore, carpospore, chlamydospore, clinospore, macrospore. microspore, oöspore, protospore, pseudospore, pycnidiospore, stylospore, teleutospore, tetraspore, uredospore, zoöspore, zygospore, etc.
    • n spore In zoology, the seed or germ of an organism, of minute size, and not of the morphological value of a cell, such as one of the microscopic bodies into which the substance of many protozoans is resolved in the process of reproduction by sporation; a sporule; a gemmule, as of a sponge.
    • n spore In biology, an organic body of extremely minute size, and not subject to ordinary classification; a sporozoid or zoöspore; a living germ, as a seed of certain diseases.
    • n spore Figuratively, a germ; a seed; a source of being.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spore spōr the reproductive body in flowerless plants like the fern, analogous to the seeds of ordinary flowering plants, but containing no embryo: a germ, a seed, a source of being generally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a sowing, seed, from to sow. Cf. Sperm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sporos, a sowing, seed—speirein, to sow.


In literature:

It is the spore of the game we are tracking.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland IV" by Various
Somebody managed to sneak a few of the dormant spores lying around outside the dome into him.
"Shock Absorber" by E.G. von Wald
The red dust which so disagreeably filled our eyes is composed of imperceptible spores, each atom containing a germ.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
Some plants produce spores and some produce seeds.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
A nucleus of select individuals in a spore-like form of suspended animation was placed on each ship.
"Inside John Barth" by William W. Stuart
FERNS, reproduction of abnormal forms of, by spores, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
When the spores are ripe the case is ruptured and the spores escape into the air as a dusty powder.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
This is known as spore formation.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Dust or floating spores might settle upon it, and then we should have specks.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
So also with the pink spored, rusty spored, black spored, and others.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

In poetry:

He lets the youthful dreamer store
Great projects in his brain,
Until He drops the fungus spore
That smears them out again.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Here swelled the oat-fields/ water-silver sail
Where now the granite winds grind out her fate;
The whitening truth knows neither Sporing nor Fall:
Only the mind’s vision immaculate.
"The Blind Tramp" by Lilian Bowes Lyon

In news:

Martika Spore, Arkansas City High School, Kan.
' Spore ' Game Lands on Facebook.
EA sets up ' Spore ' at Fox.
Spore 's DRM restrictions limited the number of times a user could activate the game, to curb piracy.
The difference is that iTunes lets users de-authorize a computer?while Spore 's DRM doesn't.
Spore 's Piracy Problem.
Spore has landed, and the long-awaited video game brings with it an evolutionary shift in how players interact with — and help create — games.
Game designer Will Wright speaks about his latest game SPORE at a promotion event in Singapore August 13, 2008.
Read our full review of Spore .
You design it, making Spore 's most compelling attribute the way it blurs the line between creator and consumer.
The step-by-step process by which Spore 's creatures change does not have much to do with real evolution.
IEEE Spectrum, the magazine of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is sponsoring a contest to build the ideal engineering life form—using Spore 's Creature Creator.
Spore suspensions are pure suspensions of viable spores from specific organisms of known resistance to various sterilization processes.
Stop the Ug99 Fungus Before Its Spores Bring Starvation .
But there's a deadly spore in air, possibly making it's way to a produce garden near you.

In science:

Once found such a suitable environment, the slug will stop its search and transform itself into a stalk and a fruiting body where cells will be changed into spores to be released. Each spore therefore will become again an amoeba and a new cycle will start.
Randomness and Multi-level Interactions in Biology
The cap is the first part of the mushroom to develop, and then a long stem grows our from the spore at the bottom.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems
When close to starvation, these bacteria develop fruiting bodies and form spores, whereby only a minority of the original bacterial cells turn into spores, while the others die.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Some defective mutant bacteria form more spores than the wild type in the presence of the wild type, but few or no spores in the absence of the wild type.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
Others have inert stages (like spores) that ensure their long-term survival during times without a host.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics