from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Inflated, swollen, or distended, especially on one side.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Having a large abdomen'; corpulent.
- In botany, swelling out in the middle; swelling unequally, or inflated on one side; distended; inflated; bellied: as, a ventricose corolla or perianth.
- In conchology, ventricous. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Nat. Hist.) Swelling out on one side or unequally; bellied; ventricular.
- adjective (Zoöl.) A bivalve shell in which the valves are strongly convex.
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- adjective mycology Broadest in the middle and tapering toward the ends
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- adjective having a swelling on one side
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
+Gills+ far remote from the stem, with a broad plano-depressed cartilaginous collar, crowded, ventricose, broader in front, soft, whitish, sometimes becoming dusky at the edge.
+Gills+ free, ventricose, narrowing at both ends, thin, first a pink color, then afterward brown or blackish-brown.
+Stem+ 2 to 4 inches long, ¾ to ½ inch thick, swollen in the middle (ventricose), covered with a bloom
Campanulate: bell-shaped: more or less ventricose at the base and a little recurved at the margin.
The flowers are arranged in a crowded umbel on a short stoutish scape; they are of a deep-bluish purple, with a yellow eye; the divisions of the corolla are flat and lobed; calyx nearly as long as tube, and ventricose or unevenly swollen.
They are narrow or wide, swell out in the middle (ventricose), are curved like a bow (arcuate), and have a sudden wave or sinus in the edge near the stem (sinuate).
The = gills = are adnate, slightly sinuate, and decurrent by a tooth, easily separating from the stem, rather crowded, slightly ventricose.
The = gills = are grayish white, then tinged with flesh color, slightly sinuate, the longer ones somewhat broader in the middle (ventricose), rather distant, and quite thick as seen in cross section, the center of the gill (trama) presenting parallel threads.
Again, the gills are _arcuate_ when they arch from the stem to the edge of the pileus, and _ventricose_ when they are bellied out vertically toward the earth.
The = gills = are sinuate, adnate, somewhat ventricose, very rarely in abnormal specimens anastomosing near the margin of the pileus, at first light yellowish, then shading to umber and spotted with black and rusty brown as the spores mature, easily breaking away from the stipe, whitish on the edge.