from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gasteromycetous fungi, or puffballs, closely allied to Lycoperdon, but differing from the latter in the absence of a sterile base, and in the structure of the covering or peridium, the outer part of which shells off.
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The Puff Ball (_Lycoperdon giganteum bovista_) grows usually on the borders of fields, in orchards, or meadows, also on dry downs, and occasionally in gardens.
Pisolithus tinctorus (left) and scleroderma bovista.
The largest size was called the Giant Puff-ball (Calvatia bovista).”