American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cloud of smoke and debris shaped like a mushroom, especially one created by the detonation of a nuclear bomb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloud, specifically an ascending cloud, which spreads outward and downward at the top in a form resembling that of a mushroom.
- n. A large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke, flame and debris that rises into the sky as a result of a large explosion, especially after a nuclear explosion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. a cloud of smoke rising and then spreading laterally to take on the shape of a mushroom -- caused by large fires or explosions, esp. nuclear explosions.
- n. a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)
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