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 That bacteria could be able to fight off other bacteria, or viruses, or fungus. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Mar. 2021 This moist environment allows bacteria or fungus to grow, Dr. Thompson explains. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 29 June 2021 The microbes in the worm castings and compost mix have chitin, a carbohydrate found in insect exoskeletons, that signals to the plants to raise their defenses against insects and is more resistant to fungus. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2021 Some are even made with antimicrobial materials to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus. Rebecca Carhart, Travel + Leisure, 30 May 2021 Toxic air, pesticides and fungus in the soil cause rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases to run high, and the heat is intense. San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 These are life forms of a combination of a fungus and a plant, typically algae. oregonlive, 9 May 2021 By measuring the intensity of green chlorophyll or detecting the signatures of excess salts or fungus, for example, researchers can evaluate the health of crops and forests. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, 5 May 2021 One recent client had a rash of fungus-feeding beetles on the basement floor. Charlotte Klein, Curbed, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Jul 2021

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“Fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungus. Accessed 28 Jul. 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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