from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Producing spores.
from The Century Dictionary.
- In botany and zoology, bearing or producing spores.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Biol.) Bearing or producing spores.
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- adjective biology Bearing or producing
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_Clostridium_, _Plectridium_, &c., where the sporiferous cells enlarge, bear out the same argument, and we must not forget that there are extremely minute "yeasts," easily mistaken for Micrococci, and that yeasts occasionally form only one spore in the cell.
The illustration shows at A the fungus in its protoplasmic condition, and at B its ultimate sporiferous or 'seed'-producing stage, after the protoplasm has changed to a mass of minute spores (enlarged five hundred and twenty diameters).