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destroying angel

any of several deadly poisonous mushrooms of the genus Amanita, having a white cap and stem, white spores, and a conspicuous volva at the base of the stem.
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First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Who was to be the sword-bearer and float over the court like the destroying angel?

    The Countess of Charny Alexandre Dumas (pere)
  • One sprang up in the footsteps of that destroying angel, Dynamite.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • It was as dead as the camp of the Assyrians after the passage of the destroying angel.

    Life's Little Ironies Thomas Hardy
  • In all their houses there was light, and the destroying angel shook them not.

  • That it was a token to the destroying angel we see plainly; but why to them?

  • The Mediator conducts the destroying angel to fulfil the will of God.

  • So he fought back the destroying angel inch by inch, and in the end prevailed.

    The Squire's Daughter Silas K(itto) Hocking
  • Unhappy one, love no one again; for a dark, destroying angel goes with poisoned sword behind thy love.

  • It was not long before the destroying angel did visit the camp and the brethren began to fall as Brother Joseph had said.

    William Clayton's Journal William Clayton
  • In this case the wings represent those always attributed in Semitic mythology to the destroying angel.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway
British Dictionary definitions for destroying angel

destroying angel

a white slender very poisonous basidiomycetous toadstool, Amanita virosa, having a pronounced volva, frilled, shaggy stalk, and sickly smell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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