pore fungus


plural pore fungi
: a basidiomycetous fungus (as of the genera Ganoderma, Laetiporus, Polyporus, and Trametes) that has the spore-bearing surface within tubes or pores located on the underside of a usually tough or woody fruiting body and that is found chiefly on trees or decaying wood : polypore

Note: The fruiting bodies of most pore fungi are typically fanlike or shelflike and are commonly called bracket or shelf fungi.

Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pore fungus was in 1891

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“Pore fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pore%20fungus. Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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