from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A single-celled or many-celled structure in which spores are produced, as in fungi, algae, mosses, and ferns. Also called spore case.
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- n. A case, capsule, or container in which spores are produced by an organism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A spore case in the cryptogamous plants, as in ferns, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Also sporange.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. organ containing or producing spores
New Latin sporangīum : spor(o)- + Greek angeion, vessel; see angio-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)