Cordyceps

noun
Cor·​dy·​ceps | \ ˈkȯ(r)də̇ˌseps \

Definition of Cordyceps

: a genus of ascomycetous fungi (family Hypocreaceae) parasitic in insect larvae and ultimately converting the whole body into a sclerotium — see aweto

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History and Etymology for Cordyceps

New Latin, irregular from Late Greek kordylē club (from Greek, bump, swelling) + Latin -ceps (from caput head)

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“Cordyceps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cordyceps. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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