• WordNet 3.6
    • n mycelium the vegetative part of a fungus consisting of a mass of branching threadlike hyphae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mycelium (Bot) The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed; the so-called mushroom spawn.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mycelium The vegetative part of the thallus of fungi, composed of one or more hyphæ. The vegetative system of fungi consists of filiform branched or unbranched cells called hyphæ, and the hyphæ collectively form the mycelium. Also mycele. See cuts under Fungi, mold, mildew, ergot, and haustorium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mycelium mī-sē′li-um the white thread-like parts from which a mushroom or a fungus is developed: mushroom spawn
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. my`khs a mushroom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. mykēs, a fungus, ēlos, a nail or wart.


In literature:

I imagine that in both cases the mycelium must consume all the matter on which it can subsist.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The filaments of mycelium, under the same magnitude, appear exceedingly thin and finer than a hair.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 385, May 19, 1883" by Various
The mycelium is the most important part of the fungous growth.
"Studies of Trees" by Jacob Joshua Levison
From good spawn the films of mycelium will begin to extend within a week.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
No traces of a mycelium were visible; the plants had come to maturity, fruited, and withered away, leaving only the spores.
"Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3" by Various
Another problem in relation to tree treatment may be added, that is, the relation of spores and mycelium to toxic agents.
"Northern Nut Growers Association, Report of the Proceedings at the Third Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The dry, fresh droppings are the very best material for starting the mycelium into growth.
"Mushrooms: how to grow them" by William Falconer
The fungus consists of mycelium and spores.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Each thread of mycelium grows, or increases in length, at the end.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
Other forms of fruit have also been observed on the same mycelium.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

In news:

Mycelium are the vegetative part of a fungus, through which mushrooms absorbs nutrients from their environment as they spread out, latch on to the roots of plants and trees, and collect information about deficiencies in the forest floor.
Mycelium, especially the oyster mushroom, shows promise for consuming and converting environmentally toxic hydrocarbons.
The Mycelium School, planned for Asheville, N.C. Will use hands-on learning, community service, and a social entrepreneurship curriculum to help students build self-reliance and confidence.
Matthew Abrams, founder and CEO of The Mycelium School.
Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus , consisting of a mass of branching, thread-like fibers.
Mushrooms absorb nutrients through the mycelium.
Mycelium can grow far and fast.
It forms a thick-walled mycelium, so it sits in the soil, surviving and waiting.
When the pathogen senses the root growing, and the soil's moisture level and temperature have become favorable, the mycelium or hyphae will contact the root , and then penetrate it.
Tufts of white mycelium may be evident at the nodes of diseased stalks .