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n. Botany
A spore that gives rise to a male gametophyte and is smaller than a megaspore.

mi′cro·spo′ric, mi′cro·spo′rous (mī′krə-spôr′əs, mī-krŏs′pər-əs) adj.
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1. (Botany) the smaller of two types of spore produced by some spore-bearing plants, which develops into the male gametophyte. Compare megaspore1
2. (Botany) the pollen grain of seed plants
ˌmicroˈsporic, ˌmicroˈsporous adj
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(ˈmaɪ krəˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr)

the smaller of the two kinds of spores characteristically produced by seed plants and some fern allies, developing into a male gametophyte. Compare megaspore (def. 1).
mi`cro•spor′ic (-ˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-) mi`cro•spor′ous (-krəˈspɔr əs, -ˈspoʊr-, -ˈkrɒs pər əs) adj.
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Noun1.microspore - smaller of the two types of spore produced in heterosporous plantsmicrospore - smaller of the two types of spore produced in heterosporous plants; develops in the pollen sac into a male gametophyte
spore - a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion; "a sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
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