- any fungus of the genus Aspergillus, having sporophores with a bristly, knoblike top.
Origin of aspergillus
1840–50; < New Latin: alteration of aspergillum
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Examples from the Web for aspergillus
And with Aspergillus, the environment is key: Aspergillus is a ubiquitous airborne mold that can cause allergies and hay fever.Contamination Seen as Cause for New Meningitis Outbreak in Five States
October 4, 2012
Aspergillus glaucus, the mould of cheese, but common on mouldy vegetables.The Elements of Botany
Aspergillus, the brush used in Roman Catholic churches for sprinkling holy water on the people.
In Aspergillus, the threads are simple and erect, with a globose head, around which are clustered chains of simple spores.
The conceptacles were called Eurotium herbariorum, and the conidia bearers were called Aspergillus glaucus.
Aspergillus glaucus and Penicillium crustaceum are examples of these universal Mucedines.
- any ascomycetous fungus of the genus Aspergillus, having chains of conidia attached like bristles to a club-shaped stalk: family Aspergillaceae
C19: from New Latin aspergillum (from its similar appearance)
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- A genus of fungi that includes many common molds.
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