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Definitions of mushroom

  1. pick or gather mushrooms; "We went mushrooming in the Fall" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. grow and spread fast; "The problem mushroomed" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. common name for an edible agaric (contrasting with the inedible toadstool) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. An eatable fungus, or plant without stem, root, leaves, or flowers, shaped some what like an umbrella, and growing very quickly in a moist, dark place; anything like this fungus in quickness of growth; an upstart. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. The common name of certain fungi, esp. such as are edible: (fig.) one who rises suddenly from a low condition: an upstart. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A rapidly growing edible fungus; certain poisonous varieties are called toadstools. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. The common name of numerous cryptogamic plants of the natural order fungi; the edible fungus; an upstart. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Made from mushrooms; like them in quickness of growth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Of or like mushrooms; short lived. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. From mushroom; like a mushroom in sudden growth and decay. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for mushroom

  1. He was interrupted by Gander, who screamed: " It's a mushroom – Verotchka's Tales by Mamin Siberiak
  2. These are a kind of root akin to a mushroom which grow entirely underground. – Young Knights of the Empire by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
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