An example of a mushroom is a portabella.
An example of mushroom is searching in the forest for chanterelles.
An example of mushroom is the shape of the smoke that rises from a large explosion; a mushroom cloud.
The population mushroomed in the postwar decades.
Some mushrooms are edible and taste good, while others are poisonous and taste foul.
The town's population mushroomed from 10,000 to 110,000 in five years.
Origin of mushroom
- 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
- From Middle English musheron, musseron, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French mousseron, from Medieval Latin mussiriÅnem, musariÅnem, accusative of mussiriÅ, musariÅ (“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 mÅs (“bog, marsh"), Old Norse mosi (“moss"), Old Norse myrr (“bog, mire"), from Proto-Germanic *musÄ…, *musÃ´, *miuziz (“mosses, bog"), from Proto-Indo-European *meus- (“mosses, mold, mildew"). Replaced native swamm (“mushroom") from Old English. More at mire