fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·​gus | \ˈfəŋ-gəs \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī , ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz \

Definition of fungus 

: any of a kingdom (Fungi) of saprophytic and parasitic spore-producing eukaryotic typically filamentous organisms formerly classified as plants that lack chlorophyll and include molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms, and yeasts

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There is not a great deal of research on this fungus. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 Unfortunately, this fungus accumulates in the soil and remains viable for years. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018 This fungus infects individual spruce needles and can kill a tree over three or four years. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Have a dying spruce tree? Fungus may be the culprit," 23 May 2018 This fungus starts as tiny red or purplish spots on leaves that expand in size, developing a brown center that will drop out, leaving the leaf looking as if it's been shot by a shotgun. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 Some bats are being treated with bacteria, which seems to rid them of the fungus, but much more work needs to be done. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County bat monitoring program hopes to prevent fungus killing critical mammal," 23 Apr. 2018 Yeast is a fungus, but C. auris is behaving like a bacterium — in fact, like a bacterial superbug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 For now, the best option is to try and limit further spread of the fungus, but that’s easier said than done. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Find Origin of Mysterious Amphibian Pandemic," 11 May 2018 From 2004 to 2008, one site in Panama lost 41 percent of its amphibian species to the fungus. Matthew Fisher, National Geographic, "Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of fungus

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fungus

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fungus

noun
fun·​gus | \ˈfəŋ-gəs \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī, -​ˌgī \ also funguses

Kids Definition of fungus

: any member of the kingdom of living things (as mushrooms, molds, and rusts) that have no chlorophyll, must live in or on plants, animals, or decaying material, and were formerly considered plants

fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·​gus | \ˈfəŋ-gəs \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī also ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz \

Medical Definition of fungus 

1 : any of the kingdom Fungi of saprophytic and parasitic spore-producing eukaryotic typically filamentous organisms formerly classified as plants that lack chlorophyll and include molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms, and yeasts

2 : infection with a fungus

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