the membranous covering enclosing certain mushrooms in the early stage of growth, becoming a cup at the base of the stalk at maturity
Origin of volvaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin variant, variety of vulva: see vulva
A cuplike structure around the base of the stalk of certain fungi.
Origin of volvaLatin, a covering; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(plural volvas or volvae)
- a cup-shaped mass at the base of various fungi
From Latin volva.
- Alternative form of völva.