- 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
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The agaric has preserved them from destruction by wrapping them in tight cerements.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
Baking is perhaps the best process for this agaric to pass through.Mushroom Culture
Still, Agaric was in a position to carry on a formidable conspiracy.
Agaric made a last effort to engage the wise distiller in his enterprise.
"I cannot doubt it, dear Agaric," answered the monk of Conils.
- 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
C16: via Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon, perhaps named after Agaria, a town in Sarmatia
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- Any of various mushrooms of the genera Agaricus, Fomes, or related genera, having large umbrellalike caps with numerous gills beneath.
- The dried fruiting body of certain fungi of the genus Fomes, formerly used to inhibit the production of sweat.
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