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ˈmʌʃ rum, -rʊmmush·room

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mushroomnoun

    common name for an edible agaric (contrasting with the inedible toadstool)

  2. mushroomnoun

    mushrooms and related fleshy fungi (including toadstools, puffballs, morels, coral fungi, etc.)

  3. mushroomnoun

    any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium

  4. mushroom, mushroom cloud, mushroom-shaped cloudnoun

    a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)

  5. mushroomverb

    fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi

  6. mushroomverb

    pick or gather mushrooms

    "We went mushrooming in the Fall"

  7. mushroomverb

    grow and spread fast

    "The problem mushroomed"

GCIDE

  1. Mushroomnoun

    (Bot.) (a) An edible fungus (Agaricus campestris), having a white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish expanded portion called the pileus. This is whitish and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the under side radiating gills which are at first flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant smell, and is largely used as food. It is also cultivated from spawn. (b) Any large fungus developing a visible fruiting body with a stem and cap, usu. of the basidiomycetes; especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous. The term mushroom is used most often for edible varieties, the poisonous ones being termed toadstools or other names. But this distinction is often ignored.

  2. mushroomverb

    to grow or expand rapidly.

  3. mushroomverb

    to grow so much and so rapidly as to change qualitatively; used with into; as, a minor border skirmish mushroomed into a full-blown war.

Wiktionary

  1. mushroomnoun

    Any of the fleshy fruiting bodies of fungi typically produced above ground on soil or on their food sources (such as decaying wood).

    Some mushrooms are edible and taste good, while others are poisonous and taste foul.

  2. mushroomnoun

    A fungus producing such fruiting bodies.

  3. mushroomnoun

    champignon or Agaricus bisporus, the mushroom species most commonly used in cooking.

  4. mushroomverb

    To grow quickly to a large size.

    The town's population mushroomed from 10,000 to 110,000 in five years.

  5. mushroomverb

    To gather mushrooms.

  6. mushroomverb

    (Of a bullet) To form the shape of a mushroom when a bullet impacts a soft target.

  7. mushroomadjective

    Containing or being made of mushrooms.

    mushroom soup

  8. mushroomadjective

    Resembling a mushroom by shape or appearance.

    mushroom cloud

  9. Etymology: musheron, musseron, from mousseron, from mussiriōnem, musariōnem, accusative of mussirio, musario, from Old French mousse (—first applied to a type of fungus which grows in moss), of origin, from Low * or mosa "moss", both from musan, from meus-. Akin to mos, Old High German mios,

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mushroomnoun

    1.Mushrooms are by curious naturalists esteemed perfect plants, though their flowers and seeds have not as yet been discovered: the true champignon or mushroom appears at first of a roundish form like a button, the upper part of which, as also the stalk, is very white, but being opened, the under part is of a livid flesh colour, but the fleshy part, when broken, is very white; when they are suffered to remain undisturbed, they will grow to a large size, and explicate themselves almost to a flatness, and the red part underneath will change to a dark colour: in order to cultivate them, open the ground about the roots of the mushrooms, where you will find the earth very often full of small white knobs, which are the off-sets or young mushrooms; these should be carefully gathered, preserving them in lumps with the earth about them, and planted in hot beds. Philip Miller

    Etymology: mouscheron, French.

    Mushrooms come up in a night, and yet they are unsown; and therefore such as are upstarts in state, they call in reproach mushrooms. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero, the humble mushroom scarcely known,
    The lowly native of a country town. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mushroomnoun

    an edible fungus (Agaricus campestris), having a white stalk which bears a convex or oven flattish expanded portion called the pileus. This is whitish and silky or somewhat scaly above, and bears on the under side radiating gills which are at first flesh-colored, but gradually become brown. The plant grows in rich pastures and is proverbial for rapidity of growth and shortness of duration. It has a pleasant smell, and is largely used as food. It is also cultivated from spawn

  2. Mushroomnoun

    any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous

  3. Mushroomnoun

    one who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart

  4. Mushroomadjective

    of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup

  5. Mushroomadjective

    resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities

  6. Etymology: [OE. muscheron, OF. mouscheron, F. mousseron; perhaps fr. mousse moss, of German origin. See Moss.]

Freebase

  1. Mushroom

    A mushroom is the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus, typically produced above ground on soil or on its food source. The standard for the name "mushroom" is the cultivated white button mushroom, Agaricus bisporus; hence the word "mushroom" is most often applied to those fungi that have a stem, a cap, and gills or pores on the underside of the cap. "Mushroom" describes a variety of gilled fungi, with or without stems, and the term is used even more generally, to describe both the fleshy fruiting bodies of some Ascomycota and the woody or leathery fruiting bodies of some Basidiomycota, depending upon the context of the word. Forms deviating from the standard morphology usually have more specific names, such as "puffball", "stinkhorn", and "morel", and gilled mushrooms themselves are often called "agarics" in reference to their similarity to Agaricus or their place Agaricales. By extension, the term "mushroom" can also designate the entire fungus when in culture; the thallus of species forming the fruiting bodies called mushrooms; or the species itself.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mushroom

    mush′rōōm, n. the common name of certain fungi, esp. such as are edible: (fig.) one who rises suddenly from a low condition: an upstart.—n. Mush′room-spawn, the substance in which the reproductive mycelium of the mushroom is embodied. [O. Fr. mousseron, through mousse, moss—Old High Ger. mos (Ger. moos, moss).]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mushroom in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mushroom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of mushroom in a Sentence

  1. Andrea Eliscu:

    This has grown like a mushroom in Orlando, you get people to give up of themselves for the purpose of trying to be a teammate.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Everybody loves Mushroom because he is a fun guy. And Button Mushrooms go very well with Jacket Potatoes.

  3. Gale Ferranto:

    We call it the Mushroom Mecca.

  4. Fiona Carter:

    We turned around to see a mushroom cloud coming from Stromboli. Everyone was in shock. Then red hot lava started running down the mountain towards the little village of Ginostra, the cloud got bigger, white and gray. It enveloped Ginostra and now the cloud has covered Stromboli entirely. Several boats set off for Stromboli.

  5. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

    Iran has killed hundreds of American soldiers and has the blood of thousands of Christians, Jews, and Muslims on its hands. It shouldn't take a mushroom cloud for the American people to wake-up!

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