destroying angel


noun

any of several deadly poisonous mushrooms of the genus Amanita, having a white cap and stem, white spores, and a conspicuous volva at the base of the stem.

Nearby words

  1. destool,
  2. destrier,
  3. destroy,
  4. destroyer,
  5. destroyer escort,
  6. destruct,
  7. destructible,
  8. destruction,
  9. destructionist,
  10. destructive

Origin of destroying angel

First recorded in 1905–10

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British Dictionary definitions for destroying angel

destroying angel

noun

a white slender very poisonous basidiomycetous toadstool, Amanita virosa, having a pronounced volva, frilled, shaggy stalk, and sickly smell
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