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Definition of Mushroom


  1. 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. Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous.
  3. One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart.
  4. Of or pertaining to mushrooms; as, mushroom catchup.
  5. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short-lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities.

Mushroom Quotations

America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.
George W. Bush

You must grow like a tree, not like a mushroom.
Janet Erskine Stuart

I'm just some lunatic macaroni mushroom, is that it?
Joe Pesci

The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly Saddam can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.
Condoleezza Rice

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health.
Paul Stamets
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Mushroom Translations

mushroom in Danish is svamp, champignon
mushroom in Dutch is champignon
mushroom in Finnish is sieni
mushroom in French is champignon de couche, champignon
mushroom in German is Champignon, Pilz
mushroom in Italian is fungo
mushroom in Norwegian is sopp
mushroom in Portuguese is cogumelo
mushroom in Swedish is svamp, champinjon
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