noun Cor·dy·ceps \ˈkȯ(r)də̇ˌseps\

Definition of Cordyceps

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of cordyceps

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

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