destroying angel

  1. 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.

Origin of destroying angel

First recorded in 1905–10

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How to use destroying angel in a sentence

  • Dissension, that destroying angel of great enterprises, was busy in the Christian camp.

    The History of Chivalry | G. P. R. James
  • One sprang up in the footsteps of that destroying angel, Dynamite.

    Riverby | John Burroughs
  • Upon this face thy name is inscribed in the convulsions of death, and will be registered by the destroying angel!

    Love and Intrigue | Friedrich Schiller
  • Beware of selfish purpose, revenge, hate; these are the destroying angel, sure to return to you.

    Supreme Personality | Delmer Eugene Croft
  • But now they had a part to act or they would suffer with the Egyptians when the destroying angel should pass through the land.

British Dictionary definitions for destroying angel

destroying angel

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

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