• WordNet 3.6
    • n Russula large genus of fungi with stout stems and white spores and neither annulus nor volva; brittle caps of red or purple or yellow or green or blue; differs from genus Lactarius in lacking milky juice
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n russula A genus of hymenomycetous fungi of the class Agaricini, differing from Agaricus by having the trama vesiculose and the lamellæ fragile, not filled with milk. The pileus is fleshy and convex; the stem is stout, polished, and spongy within; the veil is obsolete; the spores are white or pale-yellow, usually echinulate. There are many species. all growing on the ground. A few of the species are edible, but most are noxious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Russula rus′ū-la a genus of hymenomycetous fungi—so called from the colour of the pileus in some.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. russulus, reddish—L. russus, red.


In literature:

Green and red Russulas delight the eye.
"Some Summer Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
The genus Russula probably contains the largest number of mushrooms with reddish caps, the word Russula meaning reddish.
"Among the Mushrooms" by Ellen M. Dallas and Caroline A. Burgin
He saw the Squirrels eating and storing up the sweet red russula.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
The Russulas, found from July to October, are generally good.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Section of a Russula, in which genus the ring is always wanting; veil none.
"Student's Hand-book of Mushrooms of America, Edible and Poisonous" by Thomas Taylor