vol·​va ˈväl-və How to pronounce volva (audio)
: a membranous sac or cup about the base of the stipe in many gilled fungi (such as agarics)

Illustration of volva

Illustration of volva

Word History


New Latin, from Latin volva, vulva integument — more at vulva

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of volva was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Volva.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/volva. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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