fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·​gus | \ ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī How to pronounce fungus (audio) , ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī How to pronounce fungus (audio) \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz How to pronounce fungus (audio) \

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

Examples of fungus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Diseases can fester in moist hooves, and stubborn fungus or rain rot can rankle the sensitive skin on their legs and cause excessive swelling. Brooke Baitinger, sun-sentinel.com, "Eta’s floodwaters drowned horse barns in South Florida. Now owners are scrambling to find dry land.," 13 Nov. 2020 The foragers are most likely to inadvertently encounter fungal spores while out searching for food, so this approach mimicked the natural way this fungus would be introduced. Scientific American, "Animals Use Social Distancing to Avoid Disease," 1 July 2020 In his Down to Earth column, Neil Sperry addresses too-tall Texas sage, blackberries and pecan tree fungus. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Officials promise safety at Alamo Bowl as coronavirus worsens," 29 Dec. 2020 Speaking with Tamika Cody of local broadcast station Tampa Bay 10, Chambers explains that vanilla crops are vulnerable to being knocked out by storms as well as a fungus that causes root and stem rot. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Newly Sequenced Vanilla Genome Could Boost Tiny Global Supply," 23 Dec. 2020 Researchers might, for instance, develop an air quality monitoring device to alert public health officials of the presence of a particularly harmful fungus or bacterium. Matt Simon, Wired, "Wildfire Smoke Is Loaded With Microbes. Is That Dangerous?," 17 Dec. 2020 Russians see sweet sap juice, inner-bark flour and a fungus used in traditional medicine. Washington Post, "Our favorite cookbooks of 2020," 9 Dec. 2020 An episode about a fungus solving the plastic crisis feels like a rare moment of hope in 2020. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Chef Sophia Roe on What's Missing from Food and Travel Shows," 23 Nov. 2020 This precious fungus—nicknamed, white gold—has long been a symbol of gastronomic decadence, ranking, gram for gram, as one of the most expensive foods in the world—up there with Iranian beluga caviar and saffron. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘The Mozart of fungi’: For ages, truffle hunting has been one of the most challenging pursuits on earth. Then the pandemic hit," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of fungus

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fungus

Latin

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The first known use of fungus was in 1527

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19 Jan 2021

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“Fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungus. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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fungus

noun
fun·​gus | \ ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
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 How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī also ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz How to pronounce fungus (audio) \

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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