hel·​vel·​la | \ helˈvelə \

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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Other Words from helvella

helvellic \ (ˈ)⸗¦velik \ adjective

History and Etymology for helvella

New Latin, from Latin, a small potherb, from helvus light-bay-colored + -ella (diminutive suffix)

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“Helvella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/helvella. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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