from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various mushrooms in the genus Amanita, many of which are extremely poisonous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of very many agaric mushrooms, of the genus Amanita, most of which are very poisonous
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of poisonous fungi of the family Agaricaceæ, characterized by having a volva, an annulus, and white spores. The species resemble edible mushrooms, and are frequently mistaken for them. Amanita muscaria, syn. Agaricus muscarius, is the fly amanita, or fly agaric; and Agaricus phalloides is the death cup (or death cap).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mycology, a genus of fungi of the family Agaricaceæ, restricted by recent authors to white-spored species having the stem provided with both an annulus, or ring, and a volva. Over 50 species have been described, a number of which are common and widely distributed throughout temperate regions.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. genus of widely distributed agarics that have white spores and are poisonous with few exceptions
New Latin Amānīta, genus name, from Greek amānītai, a fungus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)