the leathery, corky, or woody, shelflike basidiocarp of certain wood-rotting fungi that form on tree trunks, lumber, etc.; conk.
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Origin of bracket fungus
First recorded in 1895–1900
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British Dictionary definitions for bracket fungus
any saprotroph or parasitic fungus of the basidiomycetous family Polyporaceae, growing as a shelflike mass (bracket) from tree trunks and producing spores in vertical tubes in the bracket
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Science definitions for bracket fungus
[ brăk′ĭt ]
See shelf fungus.
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