mushroom


mushroom
/ˈmʌʃrum / (say 'mushroohm)

noun
1. any of various fleshy fungi including the toadstools, puffballs, coral fungi, morels, etc.
2. any of certain edible species belonging to the family Agaricaceae, usually of umbrella shape. Compare toadstool.
3. the common field mushroom, Agaricus campestris, white on top with pinkish-brown gills.
4. anything of similar shape or correspondingly rapid growth.
5. Colloquial a person who is deliberately kept ignorant and misinformed.
adjective
6. of, relating to, or made of mushrooms.
7. resembling or suggesting a mushroom in shape.
8. of rapid growth and, often, brief duration: mushroom fame.
verb (i)
9. to gather mushrooms.
10. to have or assume the shape of a mushroom.
11. to spread or grow quickly, as mushrooms.
{late Middle English, from French mousseron, from Late Latin mussirio; def. 5 a jocular reference to the practice of growing mushrooms in the dark and feeding them with manure}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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