fungus

Definitions

  • Dry-rot Fungus
    Dry-rot Fungus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fungus an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: LSD is made from lysergic acid, which is found in ergot, a type of fungus
    • Fungus (Med) A spongy, morbid growth or granulation in animal bodies, as the proud flesh of wounds.
    • Fungus (Bot) Any one of the Fungi, a large and very complex group of thallophytes of low organization, -- the molds, mildews, rusts, smuts, mushrooms, toadstools, puff balls, and the allies of each. See fungi.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The fungus called truffles can cost $800 to $1,500 per pound. They are sniffed out by female pigs, which detect a compound that is in the saliva of male pigs as well. The same chemical is found in the sweat of human males.
    • n fungus A plant belonging to the group Fungi (which see).
    • n fungus In pathol., a spongy morbid excrescence, as proud flesh formed in wounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fungus fung′gus one of the lowest of the great groups of cellular cryptogams, including mushrooms, toadstools, mould, &c.: proud-flesh formed on wounds
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a mushroom; perh. akin to a doubtful Gr. sponge, for ; if so, cf. E. sponge,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fungus, a mushroom—Gr. sphonggos, sponggos, a sponge.

Usage

In literature:

Some recent writers are inclined to separate the Bacteria and slime-molds from the fungus group, and call them fungus animals.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The cell was not often used, and was covered with decaying fungus-growth from the dampness of the past summer.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
The disease is caused by a superficial fungus which passes the winter on fallen leaves and also on the canes.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
Hungrily the Earth man stared at his distant flash pistols, plainly visible in the luminescence of their fungus bedding.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
This is the fungus garden.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
The men cowered in the shelter of a giant fungus.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
On an old stump they found shell-like fungus, some a creamy white, others white, with soft brown markings.
"Dorothy Dainty at the Mountains" by Amy Brooks
They have the fungus bombs, the light retortii and the javelin!
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Its garrison is drenched in clouds of fungus gas.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
Apart, however, from the "gonidia," whatever they may be, is the remainder of the lichen a genuine fungus?
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
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In poetry:

He lets the youthful dreamer store
Great projects in his brain,
Until He drops the fungus spore
That smears them out again.
"Religio Medici" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The spirits of the forest.
That haunt the sun's green glow--
Down fungus ways of fern I steal
And wonder what they can conceal,
In dews, that twinkles so.
"Wood-Words" by Madison Julius Cawein
On the rickety sign-board no learning could spell
The merchant who sold, or the goods he'd to sell;
But for house and for man a new title took growth,
Like a fungus,--the Dirt gave its name to them both.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
Nicely groomed, like a mushroom
standing there so sleek and erect and eyeable—
and like a fungus, living on the remains of a bygone life
sucking his life out of the dead leaves of greater life
than his own.
"How Beastly The Bourgeois Is" by D H Lawrence

In news:

On Saturday, October 6, the Rochester Land Trust led their first "mushroom walk," where residents were invited to join local mushroom expert Wesley Price for an afternoon of exploration and education on fungus .
The fungus blamed for causing a meningitis outbreak in five states is widely distributed indoors and outdoors, but only very rarely makes people sick.
A recent study found that trees infected with heart rot fungus contain higher levels of methane than was previously thought.
"As we can all see, this looks like a type of fungus , on both ends of which you'll find mushroom heads.".
A microscopic image of an intestinal fungus .
Fluconazole, a drug commonly used to kill fungus , their symptoms moderated.
The disease is caused by the fungus Diplocarpon rosae.
While not all species of fungus are able to transform lead in this way, it appears that many of them can, he added.
In most of years, this is the first disease found in a growing season because the fungus prefers cold soil temperatures.
Phytophthora is more likely to infect soybean plants in later-planted soybeans because the fungus prefers warm soil temperatures and high soil moisture.
Despite the fungus kingdom's great contributions to 20th-century medicine - penicillin, among many drugs, was derived from a fungus - today's mycologists aren't exactly the rock stars of field biology.
Hirty years ago, when George W Hudler got his first glimpse of fungus spores through a microscope in a laboratory section of a course in forest pathology at the University of Minnesota, he underwent a conversion experience.
It is caused by a fungus often found in leaf mold.
Imports of ash trees could be banned to save the U.K.'s estimated 80 million of the species from a deadly fungus .
Fungus attacks thousands of Christmas trees at Munford farm.
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In science:

Model for heterogeneous random networks using continuous latent variables and an application to a tree-fungus network.
Parameter identifiability in a class of random graph mixture models
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