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[ag-uh-rik, uh-gar-ik]
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  1. any fungus of the family Agaricaceae, including several common edible mushrooms.
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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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Examples from the Web for agaric

Historical Examples

  • 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

    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

British Dictionary definitions for agaric


  1. 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
  2. the dried spore-producing bodies of certain fungi, esp Polyphorus officinalis (or Boletus laricis), formerly used in medicine
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Derived Formsagaricaceous (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


(ăgər-ĭk, ə-gărĭk)
  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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