from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of hymenomycetous fungi of the family Polyporaceæ. They have a soft, waxy, usually resupinate hymenium, with reticulate or sinuous folds forming shallow pits. M. lacrymans, sometimes called the house-fungus, is the cause of a destructive dry-rot of coniferous wood. See cut. under dry-rot.
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The sheets of the weeping merulius (see Fig. 189) were also employed for the same purpose, as were also the sheets of "punk" formed from mycelium filling in cracks in old logs or between boards in lumber piles.