agaric

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noun aga·ric \ˈa-gər-ik, ə-ˈger-ik, -ˈga-rik\

Definition of agaric

  1. 1 :  the dried fruiting body of a fungus (Fomes officinalis syn. Polyporus officinalis) formerly used in medicine

  2. 2 :  any of a family (Agaricaceae) of fungi with the sporophore usually resembling an umbrella and with numerous gills on the underside of the cap

Origin and Etymology of agaric

Latin agaricum, a fungus, from Greek agarikon


First Known Use: 15th century


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agaric

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noun aga·ric \ˈag-ə-rik, ə-ˈgar-ik\

Medical Definition of agaric

  1. 1:  the dried fruit body of a mushroom (Fomes officinalis synonym Polyporus officinalis) formerly used in the treatment of excessive perspiration (as in the night sweats of tuberculosis)—called also larch agaric

  2. 2:  a fungus of the family Agaricaceae and especially of the genus Agaricus


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