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- n. A small spore
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small spore; a spore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spore; sometimes, a small spore.
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Rapid growth set in, and at the end of another hour, how has entirely baffled us, they acquired flagella and swam freely; in thirty-five minutes more they possessed a nucleus and rapidly developed, until at the end of nine hours after emission a sporule was followed to the parent condition and left in the act of fission.
Even the theorists differed as to the manner of germ transmission, the sporule, tick, and ship fever being the leading theories, and each having its advocates.
What! The sporule of a scrap of moss requires an antherozoid before it is fit to germinate; and the ovule of a Scolia, that proud huntress, can dispense with the equivalent in order to hatch and produce a male?
I wonder what sort of floating sporule carries the infection -- reaching the brain by the nose, I fancy.
There can be no mote that peoples the sunbeams, no little cell of life that the microscope discovers in the seed-sporule of a moss, but He is there.