• WordNet 3.6
    • n Cortinarius the largest genus in the Agaricales; agarics having rusty spores and prominent cortinae (cobwebby partial veils)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cortinarius A large genus of terrestrial hymenomycetous fungi, of the family Agaricini, characterized by rusty-ocher spores and a universal veil consisting of cobweb-like threads. In general appearance the species resemble those of Agaricus, to which they are closely allied.
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In literature:

The Cortinarius also prefers their shelter.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
Cortinarius (Cor-ti-na'ri-us), 161. cinnamomeus (cin-na-mo'me-us), 162, fig.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The Violet Cortinarius is a very beautiful mushroom and one easy of recognition.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The recorded edible species of the spore section Dermini are found in Pholiota, Cortinarius, and Paxillus.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor