ETYM Latin agaricum, Greek, said to be from Agara, a town in Sarmatia.
1. A saprophytic fungus of the order Agricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside.
2. Fungus used in the preparation of punk for fuses; SYN. Fomes igniarius.
Species of mushroomlike fungus.
Fungus of typical mushroom shape. Agarics include the field mushroom Agaricus campestris and the cultivated edible mushroom a. brunnesiens. Closely related is the often poisonous Amanita genus, including the fly agaric Amanita muscaria.
ETYM Old Eng. muscheron, Old Fren. mouscheron, French mousseron; perhaps from mousse moss, of German origin. Related to Moss.
1. Fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi.
2. Common name for an edible agaric fungus (contrasting with the inedible toadstool).
3. A large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb); SYN. mushroom cloud, mushroom-shaped cloud.
4. Any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium.
Fruiting body of certain fungi, consisting of an upright stem and a spore-producing cap with radiating gills on the undersurface. There are many edible species belonging to the genus Agaricus. See also fungus and toadstool.
toadstool / toʊdstuːl /
Common name for an inedible or poisonous agaric (contrasting with the edible mushroom).
Common name for many umbrella-shaped fruiting bodies of fungi.
The term is normally applied to those that are inedible or poisonous.