fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·​gus | \ ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī How to pronounce fungus (audio) , ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī How to pronounce fungus (audio) \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz How to pronounce fungus (audio) \

Definition of fungus

: any of a kingdom (Fungi) of saprophytic and parasitic spore-producing eukaryotic typically filamentous organisms formerly classified as plants that lack chlorophyll and include molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms, and yeasts

Examples of fungus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But people are generally unlikely to fall to a fungus for one big reason: humans are hot. Rose Eveleth, Wired, 23 Nov. 2021 Predictive modeling can only provide part of the story based on estimates, and there is inherently a time lag between when a patient is diagnosed with valley fever and when that person was actually exposed to the fungus. Dr. Adela Wu, ABC News, 15 Oct. 2021 Scottish microbiologist Alexander Fleming discovered in 1928 that a fungus called Penicillium notatum produced penicillin, which became the world's first widely effective antibiotic. Jim Daley, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 One plausible theory links it to a fungus carried by some of this summer’s billions of cicadas, which are part of the 17-year periodical Brood X in states where the new disease has appeared (but again, not in New England). BostonGlobe.com, 15 Aug. 2021 Gardeners with plants susceptible to the rust fungus that produces the yellow to orange dots of spores on plant leaves have to start the control soon. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 5 June 2021 There are several handmade resins with silicone mushrooms scattered in the front of the pants [that[ are inspired by a deadly fungus called Destroying Angel. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 While naturally weather resistant, acacia can still be sensitive to moisture and humidity, while teak is naturally weather-resistant and resistant to fungus. Adrienne Jordan, House Beautiful, 19 May 2021 This year, relatively little of the fungus has been found meaning prices are hovering around $6000 a kilo. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of fungus

1527, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fungus

Latin

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27 Nov 2021

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“Fungus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fungus. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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fungus

noun
fun·​gus | \ ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī , -​ˌgī \ also funguses

Kids Definition of fungus

: any member of the kingdom of living things (as mushrooms, molds, and rusts) that have no chlorophyll, must live in or on plants, animals, or decaying material, and were formerly considered plants

fungus

noun, often attributive
fun·​gus | \ ˈfəŋ-gəs How to pronounce fungus (audio) \
plural fungi\ ˈfən-​ˌjī also ˈfəŋ-​ˌgī \ also funguses\ ˈfəŋ-​gə-​səz How to pronounce fungus (audio) \

Medical Definition of fungus

1 : any of the kingdom Fungi of saprophytic and parasitic spore-producing eukaryotic typically filamentous organisms formerly classified as plants that lack chlorophyll and include molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms, and yeasts
2 : infection with a fungus

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