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[am-uh-nahy-tuh, -nee-]
  1. any agaricaceous fungus of the genus Amanita, comprised chiefly of poisonous species.
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Origin of amanita

1821; < New Latin < Greek amānîtai (plural) kind of fungi
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Examples from the Web for amanita

Historical Examples of amanita

  • It is not so warty and the odor is not nearly so strong as the Amanita strobiliformis.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • It is true that the Amanita has both, but it must be known by other characteristics.

  • This species is considered by some only a white variety of Amanita phalloides.

  • But we may feast our eyes on the amanita, and all other mushrooms, with no fear of consequences.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • The Amanita, like most falsehoods, is pleasant to the sight.

    Everyday Objects

    W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for amanita


  1. any of various saprotrophic agaricaceous fungi constituting the genus Amanita, having white gills and a broken membranous ring (volva) around the stalk. The genus includes several highly poisonous species, such as death cap, destroying angel, and fly agaric
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Word Origin for amanita

C19: from Greek amanitai (plural) a variety of fungus
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amanita in Medicine


(ăm′ə-nītə, -nē-)
  1. A genus of mushrooms with many highly poisonous species.
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