from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several single-celled yeasts belonging to the genus Saccharomyces that lack a true mycelium and many of which ferment sugar.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of many single-celled fungi of the genus Saccharomyces, that lack a true mycelium; especially the yeasts
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of budding fungi, the various species of which have the power, to a greater or less extent, or splitting up sugar into alcohol and carbonic acid. They are the active agents in producing fermentation of wine, beer, etc. Saccharomyces cerevisiæ is the yeast of sedimentary beer. Also called Torula.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of minute saprophytic fungi; the yeast-fungi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. single-celled yeasts that reproduce asexually by budding; used to ferment carbohydrates
New Latin Saccharomycēs, genus name : saccharo- + Greek mukēs, fungus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)