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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. The common name of certain fungi, esp. such as are edible: ( fig.) one who rises suddenly from a low condition: an upstart.
  14. Of or like mushrooms; short lived.
  15. A rapidly growing edible fungus; certain poisonous varieties are called toadstools.
  16. From mushroom; like a mushroom in sudden growth and decay.
  17. The common name of numerous cryptogamic plants of the natural order fungi; the edible fungus; an upstart.
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Usage examples for mushroom

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. He was interrupted by Gander, who screamed: " It's a mushroom. – Verotchka's Tales by Mamin Siberiak
  4. 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
  5. Serve with mushroom sauce or brown gravy. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  6. These are a kind of root akin to a mushroom, which grow entirely underground. – Young Knights of the Empire by Sir Robert Baden-Powell
  7. 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
  8. Ambition grew in you like a mushroom. – Where the Pavement Ends by John Russell
  9. 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
  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. 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
  12. Up in a night, and cut off in a day, like a rotten mushroom! – Ovington's Bank by Stanley J. Weyman
  13. 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
  14. I have no doubt that Gander was only joking when he took you for a mushroom. – Verotchka's Tales by Mamin Siberiak
  15. 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
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