any of a genus (Cantharellus) of yellow or orange mushrooms with forking, gill-shaped ridges and funnel-shaped caps, esp. an edible species (C. cibarius)
Origin of chanterelleFr, diminutive ; from Classical Latin cantharus, drinking cup ; from Classical Greek kantharos
- An edible mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius) that is yellow to orange in color, trumpet-shaped, and sometimes fragrant.
- Any of various similar mushrooms of the genera Cantharellus, Polyozellus, and Gomphus, several of which are inedible or poisonous.
Origin of chanterelleFrench, from New Latin cantharella, feminine diminutive of Latin cantharus, cup (from its shape), from Greek kantharos.