from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A single-celled or many-celled structure in which spores are produced, especially in fungi, algae, mosses, and ferns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a spore-case; the case or sac in cryptogamous plants in which the spores, which are the analogues of the seeds of the higher or flowering plants, are produced endogenously.
  • noun Also sporange.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A spore case in the cryptogamous plants, as in ferns, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A case, capsule, or container in which spores are produced by an organism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun organ containing or producing spores


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin sporangīum : spor(o)– + Greek angeion, vessel; see angio–.]


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