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[ag-uh-rik, uh-gar-ik] /ˈæg ə rɪk, əˈgær ɪk/
any fungus of the family Agaricaceae, including several common edible mushrooms.
Origin of agaric
1525-35; < New Latin Agaricus genus name < Greek agarikós (adj.) pertaining to Agaría, a town in Sarmatis; neuter agarikón used as noun, name of some fungi Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for agaric
Historical Examples
  • The agaric has preserved them from destruction by wrapping them in tight cerements.

  • Baking is perhaps the best process for this agaric to pass through.

    Mushroom Culture W. Robinson
  • Still, agaric was in a position to carry on a formidable conspiracy.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • agaric made a last effort to engage the wise distiller in his enterprise.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • "I cannot doubt it, dear agaric," answered the monk of Conils.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • agaric described the state of feeling and outlined a vast plot.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • In one place he would behold masterly reproduced ruins, with agaric and cactus monsters planted amongst them.

    A Hungarian Nabob Maurus Jkai
  • Against the walls of the houses the agaric shaped like a horse's hoof (Boletus igniarius) was hung up to serve as a pin-cushion.

    Lachesis Lapponica Carl von Linn
  • agaric, ag′ar-ik, n. a family of fungi, including the mushroom.

  • This agaric exhales an agreeable odour, combined apparently of the scent of the vanilla and the truffle.

    Everyday Objects W. H. Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for agaric


/ˈæɡərɪk; əˈɡærɪk/
any saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungus of the family Agaricaceae, having gills on the underside of the cap. The group includes the edible mushrooms and poisonous forms such as the fly agaric
the dried spore-producing bodies of certain fungi, esp Polyphorus officinalis (or Boletus laricis), formerly used in medicine
Derived Forms
agaricaceous (əˌɡærɪˈkeɪʃəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon, perhaps named after Agaria, a town in Sarmatia
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agaric in Medicine

agaric ag·a·ric (āg'ər-ĭk, ə-gār'ĭk)

  1. Any of various mushrooms of the genera Agaricus, Fomes, or related genera, having large umbrellalike caps with numerous gills beneath.

  2. The dried fruiting body of certain fungi of the genus Fomes, formerly used to inhibit the production of sweat.

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