volva

noun

vol·​va ˈväl-və How to pronounce volva (audio)
ˈvȯl-
: 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

Etymology

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 6 Feb. 2023.

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