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death cup

  1. a poisonous mushroom of the genus Amanita.
  2. the part of this mushroom that persists around the base of the stalk as a membranous cup.
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Origin of death cup

First recorded in 1900–05
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • The deadly Amanita or death-cup (A. phalloides) is probably responsible for the majority of cases of mushroom poisoning.

    Food Poisoning

    Edwin Oakes Jordan

  • It is the active principle of the most deadly of all mushrooms, the Amanita phalloides, or death-cup fungus.