Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mushroom of the genus Auricularia that grows on fallen tree trunks, used in cooking.

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  • noun An edible fungus in the genus Auricularia, having an shape resembling an ear's and which grow on wood.

Etymologies

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

[Translation of terms in varieties of Chinese such as Mandarin mù ěr : , tree, wood + ěr, ear (from its earlike shape ).]

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From Chinese 木耳 (pinyin: mù'ěr; literally "wood ear" or "tree ear")

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