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

  • n. An edible mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius) that is yellow to orange in color, trumpet-shaped, and sometimes fragrant.
  • n. Any of various similar or related mushrooms of the genera Cantharellus, Polyozellus, and Gomphus, several of which are inedible or poisonous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A widely distributed edible mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, being yellow and trumpet-shaped; or any similar mushroom of the genera Cantharellus, Polyozellus or Gomphus, not all of which are edible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name for several species of mushroom, of which one (Cantharellus cibrius) is edible, the others reputed poisonous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shortest or highest string of a musical instrument of the violin or the lute class; the string on which the melody or chant is usually played; especially, the E-string of the violin.
  • n. An edible mushroom, Cantharellus cibarius, resembling Agaricus. It is of a bright-orange color and has a fragrant fruity smell. Also chantarelle and chantarella.
  • n. In the hurdy-gurdy, one of the two strings which may be stopped by keys and on which melodies are played. Their proper tone is usually the G above middle C.

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

  • n. widely distributed edible mushroom rich yellow in color with a smooth cap and a pleasant apricot aroma


French, from New Latin cantharella, feminine diminutive of Latin cantharus, cup (from its shape), from Greek kantharos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chanterelle, from modern Latin cantharellus, diminutive of Latin cantharus ‘drinking vessel’. (Wiktionary)


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