Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fungus of the genus Boletus, having an umbrella-shaped cap with spore-bearing tubules on the underside and including both edible and poisonous species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An edible type of mushroom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of fungi having the under side of the pileus or cap composed of a multitude of fine separate tubes. A few are edible, and others very poisonous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An extensive genus of hymenomycetous fungi, generally found growing on the ground in woods and meadows, especially in pine woods.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of Boletaceae; genus of soft early-decaying pore fungi; some poisonous and some edible

Etymologies

Latin bōlētus, mushroom.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bōlētus (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The package being made for Canada, I decided that the word Jiaozi would be more readily recognized (like the currently popular Italian porcini which is also known as a boletus or cep(e) but that is another story).

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Some suggested mushrooms to use in the broth are coral mushrooms (rumeria rubripermanens), field mushrooms (agaricus campestrus) and ceps (boletus edulis.)

    Wild Mushroom Broth: Caldo de Hongos Silvestres

  • Another enemy of pines is the fungus, especially the white, thread-like spores of the purpled stemmed boletus, which often penetrates and disrupts the bark of the roots, forming a white network upon the roots.

    Beachwood-in-the-Pines « Beachwood Historical Alliance

  • The thickly sliced boletus should go in the pan within a minute or two of the trout being done so they stay almost crunchy.

    Fool’s Paradise

  • The firm, nut-flavored boletus are more blue-collar and not as coveted by connoisseurs, but they go better with brook trout.

    Fool’s Paradise

  • The small pinecone morels come out in June when the streams are in full runoff, but I know that at some point when the flavs are on in August there can also be a flush of boletus mushrooms and, rarely, a little golden patch of chanterelles.

    Fool’s Paradise

  • My favorite, however, was picking more than a garbage bag full of boletus edulis, more popularly known as porcini mushrooms in the mountains of New Mexico.

    Foragers, Speak Up - Bitten Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The most popular is the boletus, known as porcini in places like Italy and the U.S.

    Fun With Fungi:

  • "Finnish boletus are the porcini Italians love but can't get enough of," Mr. Dalla Valle says.

    Fun With Fungi:

  • To the left, blueberries hang like ornaments on green bushes; up the hill we find a patch of the revered boletus mushrooms.

    Fun With Fungi:

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  • "Picking up a boletus bigger than any I'd seen in my life, I hurried back across the tundra to the cabin. Everyone in our party had gone in there to drink tea and vodka and get warm."
    Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier, p 99

    February 9, 2011