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

  • noun A multicellular structure in which spores or spore-producing structures are formed, as in many fungi and slime molds.
  • noun A similar structure in certain ferns, such as the water clovers.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a pluricellular body developed as the product of a sexual act, serving essentially for the formation of spores, and ceasing to exist after having once, with comparative rapidity, formed a number of spores.

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

  • noun A closed body or conceptacle containing one or more masses of spores or sporangia.
  • noun A sporangium.

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

  • noun The structure on a fungus which houses the spore-producing organs.

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

  • noun specialized leaf branch in certain aquatic ferns that encloses the sori or clusters of sporangia

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