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

  • noun A motile flagellated asexually produced spore, as of certain algae, oomycetes, and fungi.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, a spore capable of moving about; a motile spore, or swarmspore.
  • noun An animal spore; one of the minute flagelliform bodies which issue from the sporocyst of sporiparous animalcules; a swarm-spore.
  • noun Also zoöcarp.

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

  • noun (Bot.) A spore provided with one or more slender cilia, by the vibration of which it swims in the water. Zoöspores are produced by many green, and by some olive-brown, algæ. In certain species they are divided into the larger macrozoöspores and the smaller microzoöspores. Called also sporozoid, and swarmspore.
  • noun (Zoöl.) See Swarmspore.

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

  • noun A motile asexual spore of some algae and fungi.

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

  • noun an asexual spore of some algae and fungi that moves by means of flagella

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