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Definitions for zygospore
ˈzaɪ gəˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr, ˈzɪg ə-zy·gospore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zygosporenoun

    a plant spore formed by two similar sexual cells


  1. zygosporenoun

    A zygosperm.

  2. zygosporenoun

    A spore formed by the union of several zoospores.


  1. zygospore

    A zygospore is a thick-walled, resistant spore produced by certain fungi and algae through sexual reproduction. It is a resting spore that is capable of surviving harsh conditions, such as drought or extreme temperatures, and can remain dormant for a long period of time before germinating.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Zygosporenoun

    same as Zygosperm

  2. Zygosporenoun

    a spore formed by the union of several zoospores; -- called also zygozoospore

  3. Etymology: [Gr. zygo`n a yoke + E. spore.]


  1. Zygospore

    A zygospore is a diploid reproductive stage in the life cycle of many fungi and protists. Zygospores are created by the nuclear fusion of haploid cells. In fungi, zygospores are termed chlamydospores and are formed after the fusion of hyphae of different mating types. In many eukaryotic algae, including many species of the Chlorophyta, zygospores are formed by the fusion of unicellular gametes of different mating types. A zygospore remains dormant while it waits for environmental cues, such as light, moisture, heat, or chemicals secreted by plants. When the environment is favorable, the zygospore germinates, meiosis occurs, and haploid vegetative cells are released. In fungi, a sporangium is produced at the end of a sporangiophore that sheds spores. A fungus that forms zygospores is called a zygomycete, indicating that the class is characterized by this evolutionary development.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Zygospore

    zī′gō-spōr, n. a spore produced by the union of buds from two adjacent hyphaæ in the process of conjugation by which some fungi multiply—the same as Zy′gosperm and Zy′gote. [Gr. zygon, a yoke, spora, seed.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zygospore in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zygospore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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