Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, resembling, or being a fungus.
  • n. A fungus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or resembling a fungus.
  • n. A fungus, or some other organism closely resembling a fungus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a fungus; fungous; spongy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the appearance or character of a fungus; hence, sporadic.
  • In pathology, characterized by morbid growths resembling a fungus, especially those of a malignant character: as, a fungoid disease.

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

  • adj. resembling fungi

Etymologies

From fungus +‎ -oid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • True, he had beheld shooting stars (this in reply to Bassett's contention); but likewise had he beheld the phosphorescence of fungoid growths and rotten meat and fireflies on dark nights, and the flames of wood - fires and of blazing candle-nuts; yet what were flame and blaze and glow when they had flamed and blazed and glowed?

    THE RED ONE

  • They have a parboiled appearance, are afflicted with hang-nails, while the nails are broken and discoloured, and the edges of the quick seem to be assuming a fungoid sort of growth.

    Chapter 11

  • Tree-ferns and mosses and a myriad other parasitic forms jostled with gay-coloured fungoid growths for room to live, and the very atmosphere itself seemed to afford clinging space to airy fairy creepers, light and delicate as gem-dust, tremulous with microscopic blooms.

    Chapter 25

  • This is not a horror story but I urge you not to shudder at Forster's vision of future humans reduced to fungoid growths by their slavish dependence on technology.

    Obscure Horrors

  • Something that smelled like rotting flesh on burned toast was shuffling toward them, fungoid arms extended, eyeballs dangling from the ends of raw, frayed strings.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • The richest vegetation discovered on the "Nimrod" expedition consisted of sheets of a lichen or fungoid growth, covering the bottom of the freshwater lakes near Cape Royds, and visible through the clear ice throughout the many months when the water is frozen.

    Perspective of Antarctica in 1911

  • There was something fungoid in the oily brown skin, something in the clumsy deliberation of the tedious movements unspeakably nasty.

    The War of The Worlds

  • Having "died" while battling that fungoid creature, and still mourning the loss of Nick Cutter, Jenny felt it was time for a fresh start.

    Archive 2009-06-14

  • Hay, loyal and sensitive, tried to preserve the ease between them by insisting that his office meant nothing—that it was, as Adams put it, “pure fungoid, and not a part of his nature.”

    The Five of Hearts

  • I look and note that the horrid wound is larger, much larger, and seems to have a whitish, fungoid appearance.

    The House on the Borderland

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  • ...clothes smeared with winch grease and mud from the ocean floor, wet, fungoid, and torn...

    - Mark Richard, Fishboy, p. 138

    June 11, 2008

  • A fungoid little face appeared out of the leafpile and bit my finger when I was composting. (no, no, I was not composting--the leaves were)

    June 15, 2007