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 With only his body weighing the massive, puffball-like sheep down, Gray’s husband desperately needed reinforcements. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Prickles the Sheep Returns Home After Seven Years on the Lam(b)," 23 Apr. 2020 And nearly everybody scorned the team’s puffball schedule. New York Times, "Dabo Swinney Has a Vision to Sell You," 10 Jan. 2020 No ponytails, ducktails, rat-tails, male bun or puffballs shall be allowed on male students. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Texas School Accused of Saying 4-Year-Old Boy with Long Hair Must Cut It or Identify as a Girl," 13 Sep. 2019 Floating mountains and plants such as bladder polyps, puffball trees and the flaska reclinata give Pandora a distinctive, otherworldly look. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Disney: Pandora Utility Suit coming to Animal Kingdom," 9 Apr. 2018 Shooting hot air directly on to your hair is the quickest way to damage your strands and turn your crown into a big, frizzy puffball. Joane Amay, Allure, "13 Common Mistakes People With Curly Hair Make — and How to Avoid Them," 2 Apr. 2018 Flavors such as such as beer cheese, spicy ginger curry and dark chocolate cherry thickly coat mondo, tender-crisp puffballs that beg more than a PBR. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Just Pop In! is opening the popcorn bar of every Hoosier's dreams," 19 Jan. 2018 Release Date: 2018 Platforms: Nintendo Switch Kirby Star Allies Nintendo and HAL Laboratory’s adorable pink puffball will soon be appearing in a new adventure for the Switch. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "14 Video Games We Can't Wait to Play in 2018," 21 Dec. 2017 The rescue has already bestowed some of the new names on its resident puffballs: there is Popchop, Fuzzable, Buzzberry, After Pie, Fleury White, Stargoon, Hanger Dan, and last but certainly not least, Princess Pow. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Neural Network Generates Adorable Names for Rescue Guinea Pigs," 20 June 2017

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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 19 Oct. 2020.

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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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