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Mushroom definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. The common name of numerous cryptogamian plants of the natural order of Fungi. Some of them are esculent, others poisonous. Mushrooms grow on dunghills and in moist rich ground,and often spring up in a short time.
The origin of man, in the view of the atheist, is the same with that of the mushroom.
2. An upstart; one that rises suddenly from a low condition in life.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: common name for an edible agaric (contrasting with the inedible toadstool) [ant: toadstool]
2: mushrooms and related fleshy fungi (including toadstools, puffballs, morels, coral fungi, etc.)
3: any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium
4: a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb) [syn: mushroom, mushroom cloud, mushroom- shaped cloud]
5: fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi v
1: pick or gather mushrooms; "We went mushrooming in the Fall"
2: grow and spread fast; "The problem mushroomed"

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English musheron, from Anglo-French musherum, musseron, from Late Latin mussirion-, mussirio Date: 15th century 1. a. an enlarged complex aboveground fleshy fruiting body of a fungus (as a basidiomycete) that consists typically of a stem bearing a pileus; especially one that is edible b. fungus 2. upstart 3. something resembling a mushroom II. intransitive verb Date: 1893 1. a. to well up and spread out laterally from a central source b. to become enlarged or extended ; grow 2. to collect wild mushrooms 3. to spring up suddenly or multiply rapidly

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 the usu. edible spore-producing body of various fungi, esp. Agaricus campestris, with a stem and domed cap, proverbial for its rapid growth. 2 the pinkish-brown colour of this. 3 any item resembling a mushroom in shape (darning mushroom). 4 (usu. attrib.) something that appears or develops suddenly or is ephemeral; an upstart. --v.intr. 1 appear or develop rapidly. 2 expand and flatten like a mushroom cap. 3 gather mushrooms. Phrases and idioms: mushroom cloud a cloud suggesting the shape of a mushroom, esp. from a nuclear explosion. mushroom growth 1 a sudden development or expansion. 2 anything undergoing this. Derivatives: mushroomy adj. Etymology: ME f. OF mousseron f. LL mussirio -onis

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mushroom Mush"room, n. [OE. muscheron, OF. mouscheron, F. mousseron; perhaps fr. mousse moss, of German origin. See Moss.] 1. (Bot.) (a) An edible fungus (Agaricus campestris), having a white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish expanded portion called the pileus. This is whitish and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the under side radiating gills which are at first flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant smell, and is largely used as food. It is also cultivated from spawn. (b) Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Mushroom Mush"room, a. 1. Of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup. 2. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities. Mushroom anchor, an anchor shaped like a mushroom, capable of grasping the ground in whatever way it falls. Mushroom coral (Zo["o]l.), any coral of the genus Fungia. See Fungia. Mushroom spawn (Bot.), the mycelium, or primary filamentous growth, of the mushroom; also, cakes of earth and manure containing this growth, which are used for propagation of the mushroom.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(mushrooms, mushrooming, mushroomed) 1. Mushrooms are fungi that you can eat. There are many types of wild mushrooms. ...mushroom omelette. N-VAR see also button mushroom 2. If something such as an industry or a place mushrooms, it grows or comes into existence very quickly. The media training industry has mushroomed over the past decade... A sleepy capital of a few hundred thousand people has mushroomed to a crowded city of 2 million. VERB: V, V to/into n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Cryptogamous plant. 2. Upstart, parvenu. II. a. Ephemeral, short-lived, transitory, transient.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

A person or family suddenly raised to riches and eminence: an allusion to that fungus, which starts up in a night.

Moby Thesaurus

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