Bovista

noun Bo·vis·ta \bōˈvistə\

Definition of Bovista

  1. :  a genus of basidiomycetes (family Lycoperdaceae) including various puffballs having a thin peridium at maturity

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Origin and Etymology of bovista

New Latin, from German bofist, bovist puffball, alteration of Middle High German vohenvist, from vohe she-fox (from Old High German foha) + vist, vīst emission of gas from the colon — more at fox, feist


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