Other Word Forms of Mushroom
Origin of Mushroom
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 mÄ“os (“moss"), Old English mōs (“bog, marsh"), Old Norse mosi (“moss"), Old Norse myrr (“bog, mire"), from Proto-Germanic *musÄ…, *musô, *miuziz (“mosses, bog"), from Proto-Indo-European *meus- (“mosses, mold, mildew"). Replaced native swamm (“mushroom") from Old English. More at mire
Alteration (influenced by room) of Middle English musheron from Anglo-Norman moscheron, musherum from Old French mousseron from Medieval Latin musariō musariōn-
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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