lep·​i·​o·​ta | \ ˌlepēˈōtə \

Definition of lepiota

1 capitalized : a genus of white-spored agarics having a prominent annulus and a flat expanded pileus and including several edible mushrooms (as L. procera) and others (as L. morgani) regarded as poisonous
2 plural -s : any fungus of the genus Lepiota

called also parasol mushroom

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History and Etymology for lepiota

New Latin, from Greek lepion thin rind, scurf, diminutive of lepos rind, husk, scale, from lepein to peel

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“Lepiota.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lepiota. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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