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

  • n. A basidium-bearing structure found in such basidiomycetous fungi as mushrooms and puffballs.

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  • n. A mushroom which has basidia.

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

  • n. the fruiting body of a basidiomycete which bears its spores on special cells


basidi(um) + -carp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • As the small herbivore gnawed deeper into the basidiocarp, one of these tendrils, shivering slightly, rose upward.

    Drowning World

  • Slowly, very slowly, he withdrew his fingers from the vicinity of the damaged basidiocarp.

    Drowning World


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