Mushroom Definition

mŭshro͝om, -ro͝om
mushroomed, mushrooming, mushrooms
noun
mushrooms
Any of various rapidly growing, fleshy fungi, typically having a stalk capped with an umbrella-like top; esp., a gill or pore fungus.
Webster's New World
Any of such fungi that are edible, especially the widely cultivated species Agaricus bisporus.
American Heritage
The fruiting body of such a fungus.
Webster's New World
An edible fruiting body of such a fungus.
Webster's New World
Anything like a mushroom in shape or rapid growth.
Webster's New World
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verb
mushroomed, mushrooming
To grow or spread rapidly.
Webster's New World
To hunt for and gather wild mushrooms.
Webster's New World
To flatten out at the end so as to resemble a mushroom.
Webster's New World
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adjective
Relating to, consisting of, or containing mushrooms.
Mushroom sauce.
American Heritage
Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth or evanescence.
Mushroom towns.
American Heritage
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.
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Other Word Forms of Mushroom

Noun

Singular:
mushroom
Plural:
mushrooms

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

    From Wiktionary

  • 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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