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ostiole

[os-tee-ohl] /ˈɒs tiˌoʊl/
noun
1.
Biology. a small opening or pore, especially in the fruiting body of a fungus.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < Latin ōstiolum little door, equivalent to ōsti(um) door (see ostium) + -olum -ole1
Related forms
ostiolar
[os-tee-uh-ler, o-stahy-] /ˈɒs ti ə lər, ɒˈstaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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ostiole

/ˈɒstɪˌəʊl/
noun (biology)
1.
the pore in the reproductive bodies of certain algae and fungi through which spores pass
2.
any small pore
Derived Forms
ostiolar (ˈɒstɪələ), ostiolate, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ostiolum, diminutive of ostium door
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