Definitions of mushroom

  1. pick or gather mushrooms; " We went mushrooming in the Fall"
  2. fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi
  3. a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion ( especially of a nuclear bomb)
  4. any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium
  5. common name for an edible agaric ( contrasting with the inedible toadstool)
  6. grow and spread fast; " The problem mushroomed"
  7. 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.
  8. Any large fungus, especially one of the genus Agaricus; a toadstool. Several species are edible; but many are very poisonous.
  9. One who rises suddenly from a low condition in life; an upstart.
  10. Resembling mushrooms in rapidity of growth and shortness of duration; short- lived; ephemerial; as, mushroom cities.
  11. An eatable fungus, or plant without stem, root, leaves, or flowers, shaped some what like an umbrella, and growing very quickly in a moist, dark place; anything like this fungus in quickness of growth; an upstart.
  12. Made from mushrooms; like them in quickness of growth.
  13. A large fungus, usually having one erect stem with an expanded top; some varieties are edible, others extremely poisonous. Popularly the poisonous mushrooms are often called toadstools.
  14. The common name of certain fungi, esp. such as are edible: ( fig.) one who rises suddenly from a low condition: an upstart.
  15. A fungous plant.
  16. Of or like mushrooms; short lived.
  17. A rapidly growing edible fungus; certain poisonous varieties are called toadstools.
  18. From mushroom; like a mushroom in sudden growth and decay.
  19. The common name of numerous cryptogamic plants of the natural order fungi; the edible fungus; an upstart.
  20. An edible fungus which grows rapidly, used for making sauces; figuratively, an upstart.

Usage examples for mushroom

  1. Mushroom Sauce for Game. – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  2. It did not seem to be, so Arthur sat patiently on waiting for the bite, and sometimes looking over the side, where, in the clear water, half- hidden by a shelf of rock, he could see what at first made him start, for it looked like an enormous flat spider lying about three feet down, watching him with a couple of eyes like small peas, mounted, mushroom- fashion, on a stalk. – Menhardoc by George Manville Fenn
  3. I have no doubt that Gander was only joking when he took you for a mushroom. – Verotchka's Tales by Mamin Siberiak
  4. The township grew slowly, unlike the centres of big mining districts which spring up mushroom- like in a night and often die away as quickly. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  5. He was interrupted by Gander, who screamed: " It's a mushroom. – Verotchka's Tales by Mamin Siberiak
  6. Serve with mushroom sauce or brown gravy. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  7. Rushing up and down the lab and the lecture hall we were shown how straw is boiled, how the mushroom bags are filled, and so on. – Free from School by Rahul Alvares
  8. And her new mushroom with the big red roses round it assaulted, battered, and beat into cocked hats all the other mushrooms in the Avenue. –  by
  9. For only a short year or two did prosperity show itself from behind the clouds to cause a mushroom growth of trade unions, once in 1850- 1851 and again in 1853- 1854, following the gold discoveries in California. – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  10. I was coming along the top walk, and there he was right down below, sitting under his old white mushroom. – Will of the Mill by George Manville Fenn
  11. Strain the gravy left in the pan, season with salt, pepper, and mushroom catsup, and thicken with flour browned in butter. – The Myrtle Reed Cook Book by Myrtle Reed
  12. Serve it up with white gravy, or mushroom sauce. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  13. So it was rather difficult to find a suitable tree; one was too big, another too small; so Gyuri went on and on in search of one, and got so far that soon the carriage was out of sight, and only Veronica's red sunshade was to be seen in the distance, like a large mushroom. – St. Peter's Umbrella by Kálmán Mikszáth
  14. Skim and strain the gravy, thicken with flour browned in butter or in a little of the fat, season with mushroom catsup, and pour over the meat or serve separately. – The Myrtle Reed Cook Book by Myrtle Reed
  15. Up in a night, and cut off in a day, like a rotten mushroom! – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  16. These are a kind of root akin to a mushroom, which grow entirely underground. – Young Knights of the Empire by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
  17. It is also served with a cranberry, fines herbes, mushroom, piquante, ravigote, tomato, and truffle sauce. – Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks by Pierre Blot
  18. One circumstance I shall notice, which has been recalled to my memory by the publication of a virulent although impotent attack upon my public and private character, by one of those mushroom politicians, of which class I have seen hundreds, who spring up in a day and are gone in an hour, and we hear no more of them. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  19. Ambition grew in you like a mushroom. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  20. Now and again the iron shoes dashed an edible mushroom to pieces, turning the pink gills upwards to shrivel and blacken in the morrow's sun. – Greene Ferne Farm by Richard Jefferies