American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various mushrooms of the genera Agaricus, Fomes, or related genera, having large umbrellalike caps with numerous gills beneath.
- n. The dried fruiting body of certain fungal species in the genus Fomes, formerly used in medicine, especially to inhibit the production of sweat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fungus of the genus Agaricus. Among the old herbalists the name had a wider range, including the corky forms growing on trunks of trees, like the “female agaric,” Polyporus officinalis, to which the word was originally applied, and which is still known as agaric in the materia medica. See Agaricus, Boletus, and Polyporus.
- Of or pertaining to agarics; fungoid.
- n. Any of various fungi of the family Agaricaceae, having umbrella-like caps with numerous gills beneath.
- n. The dried mushroom used in medicine.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A fungus of the genus Agaricus, of many species, of which the common mushroom is an example.
- n. An old name for several species of Polyporus, corky fungi growing on decaying wood.
- n. a saprophytic fungus of the order Agaricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside
- n. fungus used in the preparation of punk for fuses
- From Latin agaricum, from Ancient Greek ἀγαρικόν, from the country of Agaria, in Sarmatia. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English agarik, a kind of fungus, from Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon, from Agariā, a town in Sarmatia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Let us not be too quick to explain this refusal by the noxious properties of the olive tree agaric, which is said to be extremely poisonous.”
“At home, we very often make use of the ringed agaric, which is reputed extremely dangerous.”
“The first is a kind of agaric or mushroom, which grows from the root of the walnut-tree, especially when it is felled.”
“It proved an instantly comfortable, lightweight boot well-suited to rambling, skipping over sheep poo and resisting the urge to kick spectacular blooms of fly agaric and other autumn fungi.”
“Before they perform the sacrifice, the Khanty perform a divination ceremony using fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria).”
“Talking about the mushrooms, a Khanty man told the authors that "the value of the divination depends upon taking the smallest fly agaric mushroom in any stand of mushrooms; one must not gather the older ones 'because old ones lie.”
“Norse Gods, fly agaric mushrooms, prehistoric atavisms, the unavoidable void and the density of matter ...”
“P.S. The mushrooms, by the way, are fly agaric - a species that not only looks fantastic, being the model for virtually all appearances of toadstools in popular culture, but is absolutely loaded with folklore and religious and shamanic significance.”
“It is tempting to conclude that witches were, indeed, mad, suffering from delusions and the effects of naturally occurring hallucinogenic substances such as ergot of rye and fly agaric.”
“Faetida, de quinque generibus mirabolanorum, &c. More proper to melancholy, not excluding in the meantime, turbith, manna, rhubarb, agaric, elescophe, &c. which are not so proper to this humour.”
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