death cap

noun

Definition of death cap

: a very poisonous mushroom (Amanita phalloides) of deciduous woods of North America and Europe that varies in color from pure white to olive or yellow and has a prominent volva at the base

called also death cup

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The death capped off a tense weekend for people in the legal world who worried about returning to work with a gunman who had yet to be found by police. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Phoenix-area law firms bolster security after shootings shake legal community," 4 June 2018 Additionally, Amanita muscaria are often confused with relatives: deadly impostors known as the death cap and the destroying angel. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest," 17 Oct. 2017

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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death cap

noun

Medical Definition of death cap

: a very poisonous mushroom of the genus Amanita (A. phalloides) of deciduous woods of North America and Europe that varies in color from pure white to olive or yellow and has a prominent volva at the base

called also death cup

— see thioctic acid

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