fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·​gus | \ ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī How to pronounce fungi (audio) , ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī How to pronounce fungi (audio) \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz How to pronounce funguses (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 Replanting with a fungus-resistant variety, or a different species of plant, can help with that problem. oregonlive, "Will this volunteer tomato plant make it through the winter? Ask an expert," 26 Oct. 2019 In Europe for many centuries, fungi were considered the work of evil spirits or witches. Stan Davidson, sun-sentinel.com, "Be cautious when picking mushrooms," 15 Oct. 2019 Another way to protect forests is to create more resilient trees, like the fungus-resistant hybrid Chinese-American chestnut tree. NBC News, "Survey of U.S. forests ties tree-killing insects to climate change," 15 Aug. 2019 In the seven years since Crispr’s gene-editing potential was unleashed on the world, scientists like Qi have used it (or newer versions of it) to make jointless tomatoes, fungus-resistant bananas, and higher yield corn, soy, and wheat. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Crispr Can Help Solve Our Looming Food Crisis—Here's How," 8 Aug. 2019 But trigger it does, and this year has been a banner one for the delicious fungus. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Extremely rare, coveted mushrooms that only appear after a wildfire are popping up in southern Colorado," 18 July 2019 The disease comes form a fungus-like organism that leaves ponies with painful lesions, The Salisbury Daily Times reported. USA TODAY, "Giga roller coaster, ‘granny’ centennial, lion cubs born, Parker the cat passes away: News from around our 50 states," 24 Jan. 2020 Moss and fungi sprout from the remains of an Apple Watch. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Nature Will Triumph—and Reclaim All Our Gadgets," 17 Jan. 2020 Some fungi grow so fast that scientists are attempting to slow them in order to better study and prevent environmental harm. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We're All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars," 16 Jan. 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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“Fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungus. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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 funguses (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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