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noun am·a·ni·ta \ˌa-mə-ˈnī-tə, -ˈnē-\

Definition of amanita

  1. :  any of a genus (Amanita) of white-spored basidiomycetous fungi that typically have a volva and an annulus about the stipe and include some deadly poisonous forms

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Origin and Etymology of amanita

New Latin, genus name, from Greek amanitai, plural, a kind of fungus


First Known Use: 1899


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noun am·a·ni·ta \ˌam-ə-ˈnīt-ə, -ˈnēt-\

Medical Definition of amanita

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of widely distributed white-spored basidiomycetous fungi (family Amanitaceae) that includes some deadly poisonous forms (as the death cap)

  2. 2:  a fungus of the genus Amanita

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