-chore, -choric, -chorous, -chory

(Greek: a suffix: to spread, to disperse; to move, to go; to withdraw, to advance; a means or agency for distribution)

How Seeds of Plants Are Spread for Reproduction

Plants have various ways of scattering their seeds so young plants can spread around to grow away from their producers so they don't compete with each other in order to survive.

Many seeds are carried by wind, animals, or water; and some have fruits that are eaten by animals, which then deposit the seeds in their droppings.

—Compiled from information provided in
"Flowering plants and fungi"; Reader's Digest Book of Facts;
The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.; Pleasantville, New York; 1987; page 263.
endozoochorous (adjective), more endozoochorous, most endozoochorous
endozoochory (s) (noun), endozoochories (pl)
Seed dispersal via the ingestion by vertebrate animals; mostly, birds and mammals: Endozoochory is generally a mutualistic relationship in which a plant surrounds seeds with an edible, nutritious fruit, as a good food for animals that consume it.

Birds and mammals are the most important seed dispersers with the system ofendozoochory; however, there are a wide variety of other animals, including turtles and fish, which also transport viable seeds.

entomochore (s) (noun), entomochores (pl)
A dispersal or distribution by insects.
entomochoric (adjective), more entomochoric, most entomochoric
A reference to being dispersed by insects and depending on them for spreading spores, etc. from flowers.
entomochory (s) (noun), entomochories (pl)
1. Dispersed by attachment to the surface of animals of visid (sticky), barbed, or hooked seeds or fruits.
2. Any spore, seed, or organism that is dispersed by being carried upon the body of an animal.
epizoochorous (adjective), more epizoochorous, most epizoochorous
Descriptive of plants that produce seeds that are caught in the hairs of animals: A typical example of an epizoochorous plant is the Trifolium angustifolium, a species of Old World clover which adheres to animal fur by means of stiff hairs covering the seeds.

It is believed that epizoochorous transport can be highly effective if seeds attach to wide-ranging animals.

This epizoochorous form of seed dispersal has been implicated in rapid plant migrations and the spread of invasive species of plants.

epizoochory (s) (noun), epizoochories (pl)
Seeds which are transported on the outside of vertebrate animals; mostly mammals: Plant species transported externally or epizoochory by animals often have a variety of adaptations for dispersal, including adhesive mucus, and a variety of hooks, spines and barbs.
1. An organism having a wide distribution.
2. Widely distributed.
An organism that is dispersed by wandering or motile females.
hydrochore (s) (noun), hydrochores (pl)
1. Dispersed by the agency of water; such as, floating seeds, fruits, or vegetable parts: Mangrove trees utilize hydrochores as a means of reproducing because they live in water and when their seeds fall down, they grow roots as soon as they touch any kind of soil.

During low tides, these processes of hydrochores might fall in soil instead of water and start growing right where they fall; however, if the water level is high, they can be carried far away from where they fell.

2. A dependence on water for dissemination.