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zoospore

[zoh-uh-spawr, -spohr] /ˈzoʊ əˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr/
noun
1.
Botany, Mycology. an asexual spore produced by certain algae and some fungi, capable of moving about by means of flagella.
2.
Zoology. any of the minute motile flagelliform or ameboid bodies that issue from the sporocyst of certain protozoans.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; zoo- + spore
Related forms
zoosporic
[zoh-uh-spawr-ik, -spor-] /ˌzoʊ əˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-/ (Show IPA),
zoosporous
[zoh-os-per-uh s, zoh-uh-spawr-, -spohr-] /zoʊˈɒs pər əs, ˌzoʊ əˈspɔr-, -ˈspoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zoo-spore

zoospore

/ˈzəʊəˌspɔː/
noun
1.
an asexual spore of some algae and fungi that moves by means of flagella
2.
one of several spores produced in a saclike body (sporocyst) by some parasitic protozoans
Derived Forms
zoosporic, zoosporous (zəʊˈɒspərəs; ˌzəʊəˈspɔːrəs) adjective
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zoospore
  (zō'ə-spôr)   
A motile flagellated spore that serves as a means of asexual reproduction among certain algae, fungi, and protoctists.
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