destroying angel

noun

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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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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circa 1900, in the meaning defined above

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destroying angel

noun
de·​stroy·​ing an·​gel | \di-ˌstrȯi(-i)ŋ-ˈān-jəl \

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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