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

  • n. Any of various mushrooms of the genera Agaricus, Fomes, or related genera, having large umbrellalike caps with numerous gills beneath.
  • n. The dried fruiting body of certain fungal species in the genus Fomes, formerly used in medicine, especially to inhibit the production of sweat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various fungi of the family Agaricaceae, having umbrella-like caps with numerous gills beneath.
  • n. The dried mushroom used in medicine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fungus of the genus Agaricus, of many species, of which the common mushroom is an example.
  • n. An old name for several species of Polyporus, corky fungi growing on decaying wood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fungus of the genus Agaricus.
  • Of or pertaining to agarics; fungoid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a saprophytic fungus of the order Agaricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside
  • n. fungus used in the preparation of punk for fuses

Etymologies

Middle English agarik, a kind of fungus, from Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon, from Agariā, a town in Sarmatia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin agaricum, from Ancient Greek ἀγαρικόν, from the country of Agaria, in Sarmatia. (Wiktionary)

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