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
fungiof the family Agaricaceae, having umbrella-like capswith numerous gillsbeneath.
- noun The dried
mushroomused 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
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
Let us not be too quick to explain this refusal by the noxious properties of the olive tree agaric, which is said to be extremely poisonous.
At home, we very often make use of the ringed agaric, which is reputed extremely dangerous.
The first is a kind of agaric or mushroom, which grows from the root of the walnut-tree, especially when it is felled.
It proved an instantly comfortable, lightweight boot well-suited to rambling, skipping over sheep poo and resisting the urge to kick spectacular blooms of fly agaric and other autumn fungi.
Before they perform the sacrifice, the Khanty perform a divination ceremony using fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria).
Talking about the mushrooms, a Khanty man told the authors that "the value of the divination depends upon taking the smallest fly agaric mushroom in any stand of mushrooms; one must not gather the older ones 'because old ones lie.'"
Norse Gods, fly agaric mushrooms, prehistoric atavisms, the unavoidable void and the density of matter ...
P.S. The mushrooms, by the way, are fly agaric - a species that not only looks fantastic, being the model for virtually all appearances of toadstools in popular culture, but is absolutely loaded with folklore and religious and shamanic significance.
It is tempting to conclude that witches were, indeed, mad, suffering from delusions and the effects of naturally occurring hallucinogenic substances such as ergot of rye and fly agaric.
Faetida, de quinque generibus mirabolanorum, &c. More proper to melancholy, not excluding in the meantime, turbith, manna, rhubarb, agaric, elescophe, &c. which are not so proper to this humour.