puffball

noun
puff·​ball | \ ˈpəf-ˌbȯl How to pronounce puffball (audio) \

Definition of puffball

: any of various globose and often edible fungi (especially family Lycoperdaceae) that discharge mature spores in a smokelike cloud when pressed or struck

Examples of puffball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tully watched the video of the incident that injured Noel, a fox-red puffball on very short legs. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2021 Fraga had first met the plant in late spring, when the rains coax out a single pale yellow puffball of a blossom. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 June 2021 Some images show what appear to be white patches resembling lichen covering parts of the surface, while others show spherical structures that the researchers suggest may be akin to puffball fungi on Earth. Mike Wehner, BGR, 9 May 2021 Kick or squeeze a mature puffball and clouds of dust-like spores will rise up. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2020 To accept the award, Lopez wore a gorgeous flouncy red mini dress by Christian Siriano, featuring a high collar and a puffball hem. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 16 Nov. 2020 With only his body weighing the massive, puffball-like sheep down, Gray’s husband desperately needed reinforcements. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Apr. 2020 And nearly everybody scorned the team’s puffball schedule. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2020 No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male bun or puffballs shall be allowed on male students. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of puffball

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of puffball was in 1649

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“Puffball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffball. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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puffball

noun
puff·​ball | \ ˈpəf-ˌbȯl How to pronounce puffball (audio) \

Medical Definition of puffball

: any of various globose and often edible fungi (especially family Lycoperdaceae) that discharge ripe spores in a smokelike cloud when pressed or struck

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