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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Recent Examples on the Web Mushrooms such as the death cap defend themselves with deadly poisons. Gareth Cook, Scientific American, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 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, "A Poetic, Mind-Bending Tour of the Fungal World," 24 June 2020 Unlike some other mushrooms, death caps are equally deadly cooked, raw, frozen, or dried. Popular Science, "From the death cap to the alcohol inky: seven poisonous mushrooms you definitely don’t want to eat," 11 Mar. 2020 The toxic agent here is the same amanitin found in the death cap. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "7 Poisonous Mushrooms and What Happens if You Eat Them," 9 Mar. 2020 The bill’s long slog and eventual death caps months of contentious discussion on efforts to change Connecticut’s health care landscape. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "Public option bill, already weakened by debate, dies in the Senate," 6 June 2019 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 The bill’s long slog and eventual death caps months of contentious discussion on efforts to change Connecticut’s health care landscape. Jenna Carlesso, courant.com, "Public option bill, already weakened by debate, dies in the Senate," 6 June 2019 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

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Death cap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20cap. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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