Definition of sporangium in English:

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Pronunciation: /spəˈranjēəm/

noun (plural sporangia /-jēə/)

(In ferns and lower plants) a receptacle in which asexual spores are formed.
Example sentences
  • Thousands of sporangia were also collected on a moss covered decaying conifer log on a ground site at night with the use of a flashlight.
  • In each case, fragments of lamina were collected with mature but closed sporangia.
  • The fungus can be identified microscopically by the production of its reproductive structures: the sporangiophores and sporangia.



Pronunciation: /-jēəl/
Example sentences
  • The genera are characterized by the sporangiophore and sporangial features and their relationship to and appearance of the rhizoid structures.
  • The cone axis is not visible, but the sporangial clusters appear to be arranged spirally.
  • However, closer evaluation of sporangial shape shows clearly that there is more variation within the genus than was previously suspected.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek spora 'spore' + angeion 'vessel'.

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Syllabification: spo·ran·gi·um

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