- Mushroom is defined as something that is made of or resembles a mushroom.
An example of mushroom is the shape of the smoke that rises from a large explosion; a mushroom cloud.
- The definition of a mushroom is a quickly growing, fleshy fungus.
An example of a mushroom is a portabella.
- Mushroom is defined as to hunt for edible mushrooms.
An example of mushroom is searching in the forest for chanterelles.
- any of various rapidly growing, fleshy fungi, typically having a stalk capped with an umbrellalike top; esp., a gill or pore fungus
- the fruiting body of such a fungus
- an edible fruiting body of such a fungus
- anything like a mushroom in shape or rapid growth
Origin: Middle English muscheron from Old French moisseron from Late Latin mussirio (gen. mussirionis)
- of or made with mushrooms
- like a mushroom in shape or rapid growth: a mushroom cloud
- to hunt for and gather wild mushrooms
- to grow or spread rapidly
- to flatten out at the end so as to resemble a mushroom
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- Any of various fleshy fungi of the class Basidiomycota, characteristically having an umbrella-shaped cap borne on a stalk, especially any of the edible kinds, as those of the genus Agaricus.
- Something shaped like one of these fungi.
- To multiply, grow, or expand rapidly: The population mushroomed in the postwar decades.
- To swell or spread out into a shape similar to a mushroom.
- Relating to, consisting of, or containing mushrooms: mushroom sauce.
- Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth or evanescence: mushroom towns.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by room) of Middle English musheron, from Anglo-Norman moscheron, musherum, from Old French mousseron, from Medieval Latin musariō, musariōn-.
mushroom - Science Definition
clockwise from top: chanterelle, yellow morel, King boletus, and shaggy mane mushrooms
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