amanita

noun
am·​a·​ni·​ta | \ ˌa-mə-ˈnī-tə How to pronounce amanita (audio) , -ˈnē- How to pronounce amanita (audio) \

Definition of amanita

: 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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Examples of amanita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its night and day hawk-life, slope-life, fogs, coyote, tan oaks, white-speckled amanita. Jane Hirshfield, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2020 Some victims got off relatively easy, like four young men who had expected a psychedelic trip but ended up having their insides washed out with fluids in a hospital — the only known treatment for amanita phalloides poisoning. Avi Selk, Washington Post, 3 June 2017 A new federal report detailed what came after consumption for 14 people who sampled the Bay Area's bloom of death cap - or amanita phalloides - last December: Violent nausea, in all cases. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, 3 June 2017 A new federal report detailed what came after consumption for 14 people who sampled the Bay Area's bloom of death cap — or amanita phalloides — last December: Avi Selk, Washington Post, 3 June 2017 Some victims got off relatively easy, including four young men who had expected a psychedelic trip but ended up having their insides washed out with fluids in a hospital - the only known treatment for amanita phalloides poisoning. Avi Selk, chicagotribune.com, 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of amanita

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amanita

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

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“Amanita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amanita. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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amanita

noun
am·​a·​ni·​ta | \ ˌam-ə-ˈnīt-ə How to pronounce amanita (audio) , -ˈnēt- How to pronounce amanita (audio) \

Medical Definition of amanita

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

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