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[boh-lee-tuh s]
noun, plural bo·le·tus·es, bo·le·ti [boh-lee-tahy] /boʊˈli taɪ/.
  1. any mushroomlike fungus of the genus Boletus, having an easily separable layer of tubes on the underside of the cap or pileus.
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Origin of boletus

1595–1605; < New Latin; Latin bōlētus a mushroom
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Examples from the Web for boletus

Historical Examples of boletus

  • This is quite a pretty plant, but at first sight it will not be taken for a Boletus.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • This species is very close to Boletus scaber and Boletus edulis.

  • The club-footed Boletus is very closely related to B. edulis.

  • Similar trials, and it is said successfully, have been made with Boletus edulis.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses

    Mordecai Cubitt Cooke

  • Against the walls of the houses the Agaric shaped like a horse's hoof (Boletus igniarius) was hung up to serve as a pin-cushion.

    Lachesis Lapponica

    Carl von Linn

British Dictionary definitions for boletus


noun plural -tuses or -ti (-ˌtaɪ)
  1. any saprotroph basidiomycetous fungus of the genus Boletus, having a brownish umbrella-shaped cap with spore-bearing tubes in the underside: family Boletaceae . Many species are edible
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Word Origin for boletus

C17: from Latin: variety of mushroom, from Greek bōlitēs; perhaps related to Greek bōlos lump
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