Spore vs spoor

Spore and spoor are two words that are very close in pronunciation and spelling, but mean two different things. We will examine the difference between the definitions of spore and spoor, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.

A spore is a unit of reproduction that consists of one cell and does not need a sexual act to reproduce. Protozoa, fungi and some other plants reproduce from spores. Spore may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are spores, spored, sporing. The word spore is derived from the Greek word spora, which means seed or sowing.

Spoor is something by which one may track an animal. Spoor may be a track, scent or dung. Spoor may also be used as a noun or a verb, related terms are spoors, spoored, spooring. The word spoor is derived from the Afrikaans word spoor, which is related to the Dutch word spor, which means track.


Carpeting is a fantastic thing to have in your home if you’re looking to tack down a place to store dust, dander and spores. (The Tennessean)

“It’s colonized on the crop debris, so it’s sitting in the crop, or it’s sitting on the soil surface, and then by rain events or irrigation, it (the spores) start getting splashed up and the spores release.” (The Alberta Express)

Night drives with a spotlight will reveal some of the nocturnal denizens of the bush, such as porcupines and shy spotted genets, and guided walks accompanied by an armed scout reveal a world of animal spoor and birdsong that you simply cannot appreciate from a vehicle. (The Telegraph)

They followed the spoor from the carcass and pursued the lions which kept running away until they found the lioness under a tree. (The Namibian)

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