mushroom

noun
mush·​room | \ ˈməsh-ˌrüm How to pronounce mushroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m; chiefly Northern and Midland US -ˌrün; dialectal ˈmə-shə-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m, -ˌrün \

Definition of mushroom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an enlarged complex aboveground fleshy fruiting body of a fungus (such as a basidiomycete) that consists typically of a stem bearing a pileus especially : one that is edible
b : fungus
2 : upstart
3 : something resembling a mushroom

mushroom

verb
mushroomed; mushrooming; mushrooms

Definition of mushroom (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to well up and spread out laterally from a central source
b : to become enlarged or extended : grow
2 : to collect wild mushrooms
3 : to spring up suddenly or multiply rapidly

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Examples of mushroom in a Sentence

Noun cut up some mushrooms for the salad Verb Interest in local history is suddenly mushrooming. Her hobby mushroomed into a thriving business. He goes mushrooming in the spring every year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The current seasonal seven-course fall tasting menu ($160) starts with mushroom soup and ends with Wagyu beef and foie gras nigiri, plus green tea creme brulee. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Wild mushroom risotto, prosciutto de Parma, Vidalia onion bruelle. Marc Bona, cleveland, 4 May 2021 An excellent way to concentrate the flavor of any mushroom, wild or domesticated. Beth Segal, cleveland, 1 Oct. 2021 The food menu is small but packed with the likes of queso fundido, tuna tacos and four varieties of nachos: wild mushroom, truffle, mole chicken and chorizo. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 Why this inedible bioluminescent mushroom, also known as ghost fungus, glows is a mystery. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Her translation of the request highlights the light crunch of the pale, gelatinous mushroom, its ruffles dressed with lime juice, garlic oil and roasted chickpea flour for creaminess. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Guests can also dine on lobster, mushroom, or duck frites and traditional bistro desserts. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 Maybe then its deep, relevant ideas could be more fully explored and made accessible to readers put off by all the private jets, Champagne, and magic-mushroom capsules in this version. BostonGlobe.com, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The industry's electricity consumption would mushroom from 117 TWh to 206 TWh. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 26 Sep. 2021 But with the continued spread of the highly infectious delta variant, which officials fear could mushroom in communities with lower inoculation rates, the next few weeks are key in determining how potent the pandemic's latest punch may be. Arkansas Online, 22 July 2021 But with the continued spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, which officials fear could mushroom in communities with lower inoculation rates, the next few weeks are key in determining how potent the pandemic’s latest punch may be. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 When the number of patients tips the 600,000 mark as expected in the coming months, the number of new licenses will mushroom to 19. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, 22 June 2021 This hodgepodge of efforts to come to grips with our new vax-world reality is likely to mushroom given the nation's fierce streak of individualism. USA Today, 18 June 2021 But over the next six years, the company’s stock market value would mushroom from $141 billion to $1.6 trillion, turning Amazon into the fourth-largest corporation on the planet. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 But unease about the audit has continued to mushroom. New York Times, 25 Apr. 2021 To justify that number, the math shows, Coinbase would need to mushroom into the biggest financial exchange in the world. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of mushroom

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mushroom

Noun

Middle English musheron, from Anglo-French musherum, musseron, from Late Latin mussirion-, mussirio

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The first known use of mushroom was in the 15th century

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“Mushroom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mushroom. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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mushroom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mushroom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a fungus that is shaped like an umbrella especially : one that can be eaten

mushroom

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mushroom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to increase or develop very quickly
: to collect wild mushrooms

mushroom

noun
mush·​room | \ ˈməsh-ˌrüm How to pronounce mushroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Kids Definition of mushroom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part of a fungus that bears spores, grows above ground, and suggests an umbrella in shape

mushroom

verb
mushroomed; mushrooming

Kids Definition of mushroom (Entry 2 of 2)

: to appear or develop suddenly or increase rapidly The town's population has mushroomed.

mushroom

noun
mush·​room | \ ˈməsh-ˌrüm How to pronounce mushroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m How to pronounce mushroom (audio) \

Medical Definition of mushroom

1 : an enlarged complex fleshy fruiting body of a fungus (as most basidiomycetes) that arises from an underground mycelium and consists typically of a stem bearing a spore-bearing structure especially : one that is edible — compare toadstool

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