: a genus of fungi (family Lycoperdaceae) including the giant puffball (C. gigantea) that have outer casings whose upper parts break at maturity into angular pieces to expose the spores

Word History


New Latin, irregular from Latin calvus bald

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“Calvatia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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