: a genus of bracket fungi (family Polyporaceae) usually forming corky or woody perennial sporophores often of large size and including some fungi that cause destructive heartrots of timber and other trees

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, touchwood, tinder; akin to Latin fovēre to warm

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“Fomes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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