destroying angel


Definition of destroying angel

: any of several very poisonous pure white amanita mushrooms (such as Amanita verna or A. virosa) : death cap

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Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, Amanita muscaria are often confused with relatives: deadly impostors known as the death cap and the destroying angel. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of destroying angel

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Destroying angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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destroying angel

de·​stroy·​ing an·​gel | \ di-ˌstrȯi(-i)ŋ-ˈān-jəl How to pronounce destroying angel (audio) \

Medical Definition of destroying angel

: any of several very poisonous pure white mushrooms of the genus Amanita (as A. verna, A. virosa, or A. ocreata) also : a death cap (A. phalloides) whether white or colored

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