Mushroom meaning

mŭshro͝om, -ro͝om
The definition of a mushroom is a quickly growing, fleshy fungus.

An example of a mushroom is a portabella.

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Mushroom is defined as to hunt for edible mushrooms.

An example of mushroom is searching in the forest for chanterelles.

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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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Something shaped like one of these fungi.
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To multiply, grow, or expand rapidly.

The population mushroomed in the postwar decades.

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To swell or spread out into a shape similar to a mushroom.
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To collect wild mushrooms.
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Relating to, consisting of, or containing mushrooms.

Mushroom sauce.

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Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth or evanescence.

Mushroom towns.

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Anything like a mushroom in shape or rapid growth.
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To hunt for and gather wild mushrooms.
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To grow or spread rapidly.
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To flatten out at the end so as to resemble a mushroom.
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Any of various fungi that produce a fleshy fruiting body, especially one consisting of a stalk with an umbrella-shaped cap.
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Any of such fungi that are edible, especially the widely cultivated species Agaricus bisporus , which includes the button, cremini, and portobello mushrooms.
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The usually aboveground fruiting body of any of such fungi.
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One of these fruiting bodies that produce hallucinations when ingested.
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Any of various fungi that produce a fleshy fruiting body, which usually consists of a stalk topped by an umbrella-shaped cap. Many mushrooms are basidiomycetes. Some species of mushrooms are edible, though many are poisonous. The term mushroom is often applied to the stalk and cap alone.
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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.

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A fungus producing such fruiting bodies.
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Champignon or Agaricus bisporus, the mushroom species most commonly used in cooking.
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One of the mushroom-shaped pegs in bar billiards.
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Something that grows very quickly or seems to appear suddenly.
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Containing or being made of mushrooms.

Mushroom soup.

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Resembling a mushroom by shape or appearance.

Mushroom cloud.

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(intransitive) To grow quickly to a large size.

The town's population mushroomed from 10,000 to 110,000 in five years.

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To gather mushrooms.
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(ballistics) (Of a bullet) To form the shape of a mushroom when a bullet impacts a soft target.
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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 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