noun Rus·su·la \ˈrəsyələ\

Definition of Russula

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of russula

New Latin, from Late Latin, feminine of russulus reddish, from Latin russus red — more at russet

First Known Use: 1835

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