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 The fungus, brought over on a different species of chestnut tree imported for agriculture, leads to cankers in the tree’s bark. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2022 The procedure targets athlete’s foot, corns, calluses, dry and cracked heels, fungus, discoloration and ingrown and overgrown toenails. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Two-thirds of native bee species live in nests underground in complex tunnel systems designed to protect the developing larva from predators, fungus, weather conditions and other diseases. Leah Taylor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2022 Experts are particularly worried about a 60% rise in infections with Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungus that health officials around the world have been monitoring since 2009. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 13 July 2022 The material is then treated and injected with a fungus that breaks down the waste and turns it into mycelium, the underground root-like structure that sprouts into mushrooms, according to the application. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 12 July 2022 Empirical relies on koji, a fungus used in the production of miso and sake, to unlock the sugars in grain. Bon Appétit, 3 May 2022 Mushroom meat, which is actually made from a fungus, is sold in the U.S. as Quorn. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 If so, those might be lichen, a type of symbiotic growth that consists of a fungus that provides the structure for the algae or cyanobacteria living within it. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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4 Sep 2022

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“Fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungus. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for fungus

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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