: a large genus that comprises stout-stemmed white-spored fungi (family Agaricaceae) with neither annulus nor volva, includes some edible species, and may be distinguished from the related Lactarius by the absence of milky juice and by the brittle pileus of red, purple, yellow, green, or blue

Word History


New Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of russulus reddish, from Latin russus red

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Russula was in 1835

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“Russula.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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