death cap

noun

: 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

Examples of death cap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deadly mushrooms in Marin The most dangerous varieties found in Marin — for both dogs and people — are the death cap (Amanita phalloides) and destroying angel (Amanita ocreata). Julia Lamont, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024 Authorities suspect death cap mushrooms were behind the fatalities. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 3 Sep. 2023 Read more: Beware of deadly wild mushrooms: Portage County man survives poisoning, thanks to experimental drug at UH - cleveland.com In common parlance, these mushrooms are referred to as destroying angels or death cap mushrooms. Gretchen Cuda Kroen, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 Police have previously said that all four of Patterson’s guests showed symptoms consistent with poisoning by death cap mushrooms, a particularly deadly variety, although the official cause of death has not yet been confirmed. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 14 Aug. 2023 True to its name, the death cap is one of the world’s most lethal mushrooms. Bycatherine Offord, science.org, 2 Feb. 2023 It’s also found in plant species that have been used for rituals, as well as in some fungi, including the false death cap (Amanita citrina). Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Nov. 2022 Mushrooms such as the death cap defend themselves with deadly poisons. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, 24 June 2020 Some species of fly are resistant to the poisons produced by death cap mushrooms, for instance, and have near-exclusive access as a result. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, 24 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of death cap was in 1925

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“Death cap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20cap. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

death cap

noun
: a very poisonous mushroom that varies in color from pure white to olive to yellow and has an obvious swollen covering about the base

called also death cup

Medical Definition

death cap

noun
: 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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