One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in some small algae and fungi) a small pore through which spores are discharged.
opening, orifice, aperture, hole, outlet, inlet, ventView synonyms
- ‘In other words, the ascocarp is closed but for an ostiole at the distal end.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin ostiolum, diminutive of ostium ‘opening’.
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