fungus

noun

fun·​gus ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio)
often attributive
: 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 Discourage possible spread of the fungus by not watering overhead and always rotating crops from season to season, along with using a mulch under plants that helps prevent water splashing on lower leaves since the fungus can remain in the soil and winter over. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, 13 July 2024 Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by an overgrowth of a specific type of fungus called Malassezia yeast, which triggers inflammation, redness and itching. Leslie Baumann, Miami Herald, 11 July 2024 Sequencing a short region of each fungus’s genetic code can tell them apart. Rachel Bujalski Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, 11 June 2024 As part of that effort, the fungus also makes cicadas hypersexual. Rachel Treisman, NPR, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for fungus 

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Word History

Etymology

Latin

First Known Use

1527, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fungus was in 1527

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Cite this Entry

“Fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungus. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

fungus

noun
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
1
: any of a kingdom of living things (as molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, and mushrooms) that lack chlorophyll, are parasitic or live on dead or decaying organic matter, and were formerly considered plants
2
: infection with a fungus
fungus adjective

Medical Definition

fungus

noun
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)
often attributive
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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