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fly agaric

  1. a very poisonous common woodland mushroom, Amanita muscaria, having a glossy red or orange cap with white spots, formerly a fly poison.
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Origin of fly agaric

First recorded in 1780–90
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  • The fly-agaric is quite as poisonous as its more common relative, and is equally to be shunned.

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    H. F. Harris

British Dictionary definitions for fly agaric

fly agaric

  1. a saprotrophic agaricaceous woodland fungus, Amanita muscaria, having a scarlet cap with white warts and white gills: poisonous but rarely fatalSee also amanita
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Word Origin

so named from its use as a poison on flypaper
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