Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [Fries, 1821.] A genus of central-stiped, rosy-spored agarics having the pileus at first inclosed in a membranous veil which ruptures and remains as a volva at the base of the stem. Over 30 species have been described. V. volvacea, having an ash-colored pileus streaked with black fibrils, is found in Europe, Ceylon, and North America.
- n. A genus of tectibranchiate gastropods, of the family Actæonidæ, represented by extinct Tertiary shells, as V. bulloϊdes: formerly including certain smooth shells of the family Marginellidæ. See cut under volutite.
- n. agarics having pink spores and a distinct volva
“= -- The silky volvaria is so called because of the beautiful silky texture of the surface of the cap.”
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