fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·gus | \ˈfəŋ-gəs \
plural fungi\ˈfən-ˌjī, ˈfəŋ-ˌgī \ also funguses\ˈfəŋ-gə-səz \

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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Yeast is a fungus, but C. auris is behaving like a bacterium — in fact, like a bacterial superbug. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast," 13 July 2018 For now, the best option is to try and limit further spread of the fungus, but that’s easier said than done. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Find Origin of Mysterious Amphibian Pandemic," 11 May 2018 From 2004 to 2008, one site in Panama lost 41 percent of its amphibian species to the fungus. Matthew Fisher, National Geographic, "Ground Zero of Amphibian 'Apocalypse' Finally Found," 10 May 2018 No sweat Keep shoes dry to ward off bacteria and fungus. Max Berlinger, The Seattle Times, "Guys, before you switch to sandals, check out your feet," 21 June 2018 No Sweat Keep shoes dry to ward off bacteria and fungus. Max Berlinger, New York Times, "Men, Are You Wearing Sandals This Summer? Read This First," 13 June 2018 Bacteria make up 13 percent, and fungus comes third at 2 percent. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Make Up a Teeny-Tiny Percentage of the Earth's Biomass," 27 May 2018 This organism isn't an animal, plant or fungus but a eukaryote. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Meet the top 10 new species of 2018," 23 May 2018 For plants and fungi to make these very complicated molecules that happen to be the key that unlocks receptors in the animal brain. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Author Michael Pollan on Recode Decode," 22 May 2018

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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

noun
fun·gus | \ˈfəŋ-gəs \
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 \
plural fungi\ˈfən-ˌjī also ˈfəŋ-ˌgī \ also funguses\ˈfəŋ-gə-səz \

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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