Definition of fungus
fungiplay play \ˈfən-ˌjī, ˈfəŋ-ˌgī\ also
: 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
Recent Examples of fungus from the Web
Inside the booties is a gel that claims to soothe hard, dry, and cracked feet, as well as improve foot odor and fungus.
The moth-killing fungus was introduced from Japan in 1910-11 and released in the Boston region but was considered an initial failure.
Most PT decking is milled from southern yellow pine, and then chemically treated to resist rot, fungus and wood-boring bugs.
Before eating, mushrooms should first be examined, identified and reviewed by a mycologist, someone who studies fungi.
Four tricolored bats in Stokes County, on the Virginia line due north of Charlotte, were seen with the whitish, fuzzy fungus growing on their noses, wings and ears.
But she was stumped by the word saccharomycete - a type of yeast fungus.
White-nose is caused by a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans or Pd, and spreads easily among hibernating bats in winter.
The reason this is critical for all gardens is that healthy soils have microorganisms, bacteria and fungi that are beneficial to the health of the plant.
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Origin and Etymology of fungus
First Known Use: 1527See Words from the same year
FUNGUS Defined for Kids
Definition of fungus for Students
fungi\ˈfən-ˌjī, -ˌgī\ also
: 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
Medical Definition of fungus
fungi\ˈfən-ˌjī also ˈfəŋ-ˌgī\play play also
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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