sporangium

[spuh-ran-jee-uhm]
noun, plural sporangia [spuh-ran-jee-uh] . Botany, Mycology.
the case or sac in which spores are produced.
Also called spore case.


Origin:
1815–25; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to spor- spor- + Greek angeîon vessel

sporangial, adjective
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sporangium (spəˈrændʒɪəm)
 
n , pl -gia
any organ, esp in fungi, in which asexual spores are produced
 
[C19: from New Latin, from sporo- + Greek angeion receptacle]
 
spo'rangial
 
adj

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sporangium spo·ran·gi·um (spə-rān'jē-əm)
n. pl. spo·ran·gi·a (-jē-ə)
A cell within a fungus in which asexual spores are produced by progressive cleavage.


spo·ran'gi·al (-jē-əl) adj.
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sporangium   (spə-rān'jē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural sporangia
A cell or structure in which spores are produced. Ferns, fungi, mosses, and algae release spores from sporangia. Also called spore case.
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Example sentences
It then settles down to transform itself into a new sporangium, possibly made fabulous by a shrubby bunch of rhizoids.
Smaller, secondary sporangia form on short verticillate branchlets a short distance below the terminal sporangium.
The spores are ellipsoid and there is no swelling of the sporangium.
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