Definition of helvella
1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Helvellaceae) comprising ascomycetous fungi with the ascocarps stalked, pileate, or saddle-shaped and often thrown into folds
2 plural -s : any fungus of the genus Helvella
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Origin and Etymology of helvella
New Latin, from Latin, a small potherb, from helvus light-bay-colored + -ella (diminutive suffix) — more at yellow
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