microfungus

noun

mi·​cro·​fun·​gus ˌmī-krō-ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce microfungus (audio)
: a fungus (such as a mold) with a microscopic fruiting body

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Dutch botanists identified the pathogen responsible as a microfungus carried by bark beetles that breed in mature elms. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020 That epidemic died down in the 1940s — but in the late 1960s, a far more aggressive form of the microfungus showed up. Stephanie Pain, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Sep. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of microfungus was in 1874

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“Microfungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microfungus. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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