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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, one of a number of spores united together in the form of a string of beads, formed by fission, and characteristic of various low fungi and algæ.

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

  • noun (Bacteriol.) A bacterial resting cell, -- formerly considered a spore, but now known to occur even in endosporous bacteria.
  • noun one of the small conidia occurring arranged in chains in certain fungi. Called also oidium.

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

  • noun A sporelike cell produced by some fungi and algae
  • noun A similar cell produced by some bacteria

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

  • noun a body that resembles a spore but is not an endospore; produced by some bacteria
  • noun one of a string of thick walled vegetative resting cells formed by some algae and fungi

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