- 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 of mushroomMiddle 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
- a. Any of various fungi that produce a fleshy fruiting body, especially one consisting of a stalk with an umbrella-shaped cap.b. Any of such fungi that are edible, especially the widely cultivated species Agaricus bisporus.c. The usually aboveground fruiting body of any of such fungi.d. One of these fruiting bodies that produce hallucinations when ingested. Also called magic mushroom.
- Something shaped like one of these fungi.
intransitive verbmush·roomed, mush·room·ing, mush·rooms
- 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.
- To collect wild mushrooms.
- Relating to, consisting of, or containing mushrooms: mushroom sauce.
- Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth or evanescence: mushroom towns.
Origin of mushroomAlteration (influenced by room) of Middle English musheron, from Anglo-Norman moscheron, musherum, from Old French mousseron, from Medieval Latin musariō, musariōn-.
- Any of the fleshy fruiting bodies of fungi typically produced above ground on soil or on their food sources (such as decaying wood).
- Some mushrooms are edible and taste good, while others are poisonous and taste foul.
- A fungus producing such fruiting bodies.
- champignon or Agaricus bisporus, the mushroom species most commonly used in cooking.
- One of the mushroom-shaped pegs in bar billiards.
- Something that grows very quickly or seems to appear suddenly.
- Containing or being made of mushrooms.
- mushroom soup
- Resembling a mushroom by shape or appearance.
- mushroom cloud
(third-person singular simple present mushrooms, present participle mushrooming, simple past and past participle mushroomed)
From Middle English musheron, musseron, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French mousseron, from Medieval Latin mussiriōnem, musariōnem, accusative of mussiriō, musariō (“mushroom”), of Germanic origin: French mousse (“moss”) (—first applied to a type of fungus which grows in moss), from Low Frankish *mosa (“moss”) or Old Dutch mosa "moss", akin to Old High German mos (“moss, bog”), Old High German mios (“moss, mire”), Old English mēos (“moss”), Old English mōs (“bog, marsh”), Old Norse mosi (“moss”), Old Norse myrr (“bog, mire”), from Proto-Germanic *musą, *musô, *miuziz (“mosses, bog”), from Proto-Indo-European *meus- (“mosses, mold, mildew”). Replaced native swamm (“mushroom”) from Old English. More at mire