from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several foul-smelling fungi of the order Phallales, such as Phallus impudicus or P. ravenelii, having a thick, cylindrical stalk and a narrow cap.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any fungus of the order Phallales which produce a foul-scented, rod-shaped mushroom.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of fungus of the genus Phallus, which emits a fetid odor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a common name for certain ill-smelling fungi of the genus Phallus. The most common species is P. impudicus. See Phallus, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various ill-smelling brown-capped fungi of the order Phallales
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The most common question he gets is about a "common but bizarre" fungus called a stinkhorn, which comes up around people's houses in the summer.
The Wady-sole grew a "stinkhorn" held to be poisonous, and called, from its fetor, "Faswat el-Agúz"
"stinkhorn," extremely common in some districts of England, and obtruding on the notice of every one from its detestable odour.
These were full of the last of the foxgloves and the sickly, overpowering waft of the mysterious stinkhorn fungus.
The mulch by our local supermarket must have been seeded with stinkhorn spores; they're all coming up now, in all their masculine glory.
Davidson's book also sent me to my battered copy of David Arora's Mushrooms Demystified -- the one book you must have if you want to hunt mushrooms-- for this anecdote by the Victorian memoirist Gwen Raverat about the smelly, phallic, stinkhorn mushroom.
"You must have hatched from a sick stinkhorn, you nauseous avian peeper."
The common “stinkhorn,” extremely common in some districts of England, and obtruding on the notice of every one from its detestable odour.
It has an abominably disgusting odour, and is therefore named the "lattice stinkhorn."
There are lobster mushrooms, so-called because of their red color; shaggy manes, an edible lawn mushroom; stinkhorn mushrooms, which emit an unpleasant odor; and chanterelles, prized among epicureans.