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

  • adj. Variant of fungal.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to a fungus; fungal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of fungi; spongy.
  • adj. Growing suddenly, but not substantial or durable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to or having the character of fungi; spongy.
  • Characterized by the appearance of fungoid growths; as, a fungous disease.
  • Growing or springing up suddenly, but not substantial or durable.

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

  • adj. of or relating to fungi


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

Middle English, tender (as mushrooms), from Latin fungōsus, spongy, from fungus, fungus; see fungus.


  • Swells fungous from the rotten bough, grey mother of Pieria!

    Second April

  • I shall sing a Song of the Sword, too, should the sword "thrust through the fatuous, thrust through the fungous brood."

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Baillie described cancers of the lung (“as large as an orange”), stomach (“a fungous appearance”), and the testicles (“a foul deep ulcer”) and provided vivid engravings of these tumors.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • And there is another preparation of the same: - The strongest vinegar of a white color, honey, Egyptian alum, the finest natron; having toasted these things gently, pour in a little gall; this cleanses fungous ulcers, renders them hollow, and is not pungent.

    On Ulcers

  • But when cleaned the wound must be dried, for thus the wound will most speedily become whole, when flesh devoid of humors grows up, and thus there will be no fungous flesh in the sore.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • If you have had the management of the case from the first, you must not at once saw the bone down to the meninx; for it is not proper that the membrane should be laid bare and exposed to injuries for a length of time, as in the end it may become it may become fungous.

    On Injuries Of The Head

  • Watery ophthalmies of a chronic character, with pains; fungous excrescences of the eyelids, externally and internally, called fig, which destroyed the sight of many persons.

    Of The Epidemics

  • There were fungous growths, in many other instances, on ulcers, especially on those seated on the genital organs.

    Of The Epidemics

  • The original hand-to-mouth entertainers take their show on the road through the fungous, unillumined woods of aeon-decayed New England, wherein lurk the unhallowed, polypous horrors of immemorial abysses.

    February 26th, 2007

  • Pessimism goes against the grain of the human condition, and for that matter, of the animal condition, and no doubt of the vegetable and fungous conditions as well.



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