capitalized : a genus of rusty-spored mushrooms (family Agaricaceae) having a fleshy thallus with no annulus and decurrent gills separating easily from the cap
plural paxilli
or paxilluses : any fungus of the genus Paxillus
especially : an edible mushroom (P. involutus)

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, peg

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“Paxillus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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