Definition of fungus
fungiplay play \ˈfən-ˌjī, ˈfəŋ-ˌgī\ also
: 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
Recent Examples of fungus from the Web
Before eating, mushrooms should first be examined, identified and reviewed by a mycologist, someone who studies fungi.
Four tricolored bats in Stokes County, on the Virginia line due north of Charlotte, were seen with the whitish, fuzzy fungus growing on their noses, wings and ears.
But she was stumped by the word saccharomycete - a type of yeast fungus.
White-nose is caused by a fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans or Pd, and spreads easily among hibernating bats in winter.
Dan pointed out that this is particularly interesting because the fungus is able to prey upon cicadas despite their long, 17-year life cycle.
Ecovative grows the fungus in a variety of substances, which lead to materials of different strengths, flexibility and durability.
Some of the plant sap and insect excreta drop on the foliage to provide a substrate for the sooty mold fungus that now coats the leaves of your allamanda.
Which is funny, because Hahn’s livelihood depends on fungi.
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Origin and Etymology of fungus
First Known Use: 1527See Words from the same year
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Definition of fungus for Students
fungi\ˈfən-ˌjī, -ˌgī\ also
: 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
Medical Definition of fungus
fungi\ˈfən-ˌjī also ˈfəŋ-ˌgī\play play also
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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