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

  • n. The vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae.
  • n. A similar mass of fibers formed by certain bacteria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The vegetative part of any fungus, consisting of a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae, often underground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed; the so-called mushroom spawn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The vegetative part of the thallus of fungi, composed of one or more hyphæ.

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

  • n. the vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching threadlike hyphae

Etymologies

New Latin : myc(o)- + Greek hēlos, wart.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The white, thread-like mycelia are cultivated in vaulted chambers as large as a man's head, located deep within the formicary. They form great loose masses, hung from the ceiling, and binding together cut leaves, plucked and placed there for them by the ants. Normally these thread-like hyphae are uniform in diameter. Under the cultivation of the ants, however, they are induced to develop knobs at their tips, which have been called "kohl-rabi heads," because of the resemblance to that garden vegetable. It is upon the liquid secretion of these bulbs that all the adults of the colony live, and it constitutes their sole food.

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 39

    December 5, 2008