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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Other microorganisms like fungi are also part of this environment. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Bar Soap Sanitary or Just Crawling With Germs?," 5 Apr. 2019 The fungus appears as brown spots on leaves until all foliage dries up and drops. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019 During all these troubles onboard the bridge, the engineering room experiences an almost wholly separate threat from the mycelial network, the fungus that powers the Discovery's unique method of transportation. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 The fungus can play the ultimate camouflage act by transforming into the same color as your product, Del Campo says. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Here's Exactly What Causes Mold to Grow in Skin-Care Products — and How to Avoid It," 19 Sep. 2018 The researchers revised their estimates, multiplying the mass of the fungus by four and adding another thousand years to its age. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "This Ancient Giant Fungus Could Help Scientists Understand Cancer," 4 Jan. 2019 Yeast infections happen due to an overgrowth of fungus, typically a kind known as Candida albicans, the Mayo Clinic says. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 Collect a sample from the turf in six or seven weeks and send it to the Texas Plant Clinic at Texas A&M and ask them to culture it for any type of fatal fungus. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Too-pruned vitex is going to look pretty funny," 27 Apr. 2018 Like other areas of your body, your navel naturally contains bacteria and fungi. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Belly Button Infections You Can Get (and What to Do If You Have One)," 23 Feb. 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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