One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spore produced asexually by various fungi at the tip of a specialized hypha.
- ‘Spores or conidia are carried from the soil surface or debris to the plant by wind or splashing rain.’
- ‘Fungi of this genus produce characteristic darkly pigmented, septate hyphae or conidia.’
- ‘Conidiophores terminally differentiate at the tips to yield multinucleated asexual spores, termed conidia.’
- ‘In many plant pathogenic fungi, conidia are the infectious propagules responsible for initiating infection as well as disease dissemination.’
- ‘The asexual spore, or conidium, is formed from the tips of specialized spore-forming cells in a precisely regulated developmental plan.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek konis ‘dust’ + the diminutive suffix -idium.
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