[am-uh-nahy-tuh, -nee-]


any agaricaceous fungus of the genus Amanita, comprised chiefly of poisonous species.

Origin of amanita

1821; < New Latin < Greek amānîtai (plural) kind of fungi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Word Origin for amanita

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


[ăm′ə-nītə, -nē-]


A genus of mushrooms with many highly poisonous species.
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