destroying angel


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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of destroying angel was circa 1900

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“Destroying angel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

destroying angel

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