See under mushroom(def 2).
Origin of field mushroom
First recorded in 1825–35
Definition for field mushroom (2 of 2)
[ muhsh-room, -roo m ]
/ ˈmʌʃ rum, -rʊm /
any of various fleshy fungi including the toadstools, puffballs, coral fungi, morels, etc.
any of several edible species, especially of the family Agaricaceae, as Agaricus campestris (meadow mushroom or field mushroom), cultivated for food in the U.S.
anything of similar shape or correspondingly rapid growth.
a large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke or rubble, formed in the atmosphere as a result of an explosion, especially a nuclear explosion.
of, consisting of, or containing mushrooms: a mushroom omelet.
resembling a mushroom in shape or form.
of rapid growth and often brief duration: mushroom towns of the gold-rush days.
verb (used without object)
to spread, grow, or develop quickly.
to gather mushrooms.
to have or assume the shape of a mushroom.
Origin of mushroom
1350–1400; alteration (by folk etymology) of Middle English muscheron, musseroun < Middle French mousseron ≪ Late Latin mussiriōn-, stem of mussiriō
Related formsmush·room·like, adjectivemush·room·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for field mushroom
/ (ˈmʌʃruːm, -rʊm) /
the fungus producing any of these structures
- something resembling a mushroom in shape or rapid growth
- (as modifier)mushroom expansion
to grow rapidlydemand mushroomed overnight
to assume a mushroom-like shape
to gather mushrooms
Word Origin for mushroom
C15: from Old French mousseron, from Late Latin mussiriō, of obscure origin
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Science definitions for field mushroom
[ mŭsh′rōōm′ ]
Any of various fungi that produce a fleshy fruiting body, which usually consists of a stalk topped by an umbrella-shaped cap. Many mushrooms are basidiomycetes. Some species of mushrooms are edible, though many are poisonous. The term mushroom is often applied to the stalk and cap alone. See more at basidiomycete.
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