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

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But the Portland Press Herald reports damp weather in the late spring helped spur the spread of a fungus that kills the caterpillars. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 The most aggressive form of the fungus was found on Kauai late last year. NBC News, "Sacred Hawaiian tree species threatened by deadly fungus; tourists can help save it," 30 June 2019 That is, the more skin fungus, the more room contamination. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "A deadly, drug-resistant fungus has swept the globe—here’s how it spreads," 27 June 2019 Aspergillus is type of fungus that’s found in the soil and can cause disease in certain food crops, especially legumes, grains, and tree nuts. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Aflatoxins in Nuts: Danger or Hype?," 6 June 2019 The owner keeps it pruned and inoculated against beech-blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) that also encourage a fungus, a sooty mold (Scorias spongiosa). C.d. Wright, Harper's magazine, "Life’s a Beech," 10 Jan. 2019 The same holds true for many fungi, algae and protozoans today. Quanta Magazine, "Why Nature Prefers Couples, Even for Yeast," 17 July 2018 South Dakota identified the fungus and disease for the first time last year. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The wipes, which can be reused throughout the day, add shine to the horse’s coat and can prevent fungus on the horse’s face. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, "Equestrian creates grooming wipes to keep horses clean on the go," 20 June 2019

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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 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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