Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous mushrooms having an umbrellalike cap with gills beneath, chiefly belonging to the order Agaricales.
  • noun The dried fruiting body of certain fungal species in the genus Fomes, formerly used in medicine, especially to inhibit the production of sweat.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A fungus of the genus Agaricus.
  • Of or pertaining to agarics; fungoid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A fungus of the genus Agaricus, of many species, of which the common mushroom is an example.
  • noun An old name for several species of Polyporus, corky fungi growing on decaying wood.
  • noun a light, chalky deposit of carbonate of lime, sometimes called rock milk, formed in caverns or fissures of limestone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various fungi of the family Agaricaceae, having umbrella-like caps with numerous gills beneath.
  • noun The dried mushroom used in medicine.

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

  • noun a saprophytic fungus of the order Agaricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside
  • noun fungus used in the preparation of punk for fuses

Etymologies

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

Middle English agarik, a kind of fungus, from Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon, from Agariā, a town in Sarmatia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin agaricum, from Ancient Greek ἀγαρικόν, from the country of Agaria, in Sarmatia.

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