bo·​lete | \ bō-ˈlēt How to pronounce bolete (audio) \

Definition of bolete

: any of a family (Boletaceae) of fleshy stalked pore fungi that usually grow on the ground in wooded areas especially : boletus

Examples of bolete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The king bolete grows in deciduous and coniferous forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere, and in southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil, where it has been introduced. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2020 In the Cascade Mountains, porcinis (aka king boletes) and matsutakes (aka pine mushroom) are poking up earlier than normal too., 11 Aug. 2019 Pick huckleberries on site for your breakfast pancakes, and hunt for dinner plate-sized king bolete (porcini) mushrooms for your stroganoff dinner. idahostatesman, 24 May 2016

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First Known Use of bolete

circa 1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bolete

borrowed from New Latin Boletus, a genus name (Linnaeus), going back to Latin bōlētus "mushroom," of obscure origin

Note: The word bōlētus is unknown before imperial Latin (the more general older word for a mushroom being fungus, first attested in Plautus). Greek bōlḗtēs, bōlítēs, attested even later (Athenaeus), is most likely a loan from Latin, with no connection to bôlos "lump, clod."

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The first known use of bolete was circa 1821

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“Bolete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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