American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which lack chlorophyll and vascular tissue and range in form from a single cell to a body mass of branched filamentous hyphae that often produce specialized fruiting bodies. The kingdom includes the yeasts, molds, smuts, and mushrooms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant belonging to the group Fungi (which see).
- n. In pathol., a spongy morbid excrescence, as proud flesh formed in wounds.
- n. Any member of the kingdom Fungi; a eukaryotic organism typically having chitin cell walls but no chlorophyll or plastids. Fungi may be unicellular or multicellular.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Any one of the fungi, a large and very complex group of thallophytes of low organization, -- the molds, mildews, rusts, smuts, mushrooms, toadstools, puff balls, and the allies of each. See fungi.
- n. (Med.) A spongy, morbid growth or granulation in animal bodies, as the proud flesh of wounds.
- n. an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
- From Latin fungus ("mushroom"). Compare Ancient Greek σπόγγος (spongos). (Wiktionary)
- Latin; perhaps akin to Greek spongos, sphongos, sponge. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I think foot fungus is a couple of rungs up the evolutionary ladder from OSTLL”
“A deadly fungus is making frogs croak on the tiny island of Montserrat.”
“Rabbits die, ballerinas fall, fungus is a form of rot sometimes, earth festers, someone shoots monsters, warthogs gore and eyes rot.”
“Just ask any farmer, fungus is as big or even bigger enemy to their crops than insects.”
“The A2 fungus is considered the most important threat to potato cultivation worldwide.”
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“The fungus is expected to reach Latin America in 5 to 10 years, maybe 20.”
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