[ fuhng-guhs ]

  1. of the nature of or resembling a fungus; funguslike: The fungous growth at the base of the tree was actually a type of moss.

Origin of fungous

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin fungōsus “fungous, spongy”; see fungus, -ous

Words Nearby fungous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use fungous in a sentence

  • He taught him how to clean letterpress and engravings from ferruginous, fungous, and other kinds of spots.

    There and Back | George MacDonald
  • The bottle was foul with slime and fungous growth, showing that it had been in the water for a long period.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Soon she dived from the turquoise pedestal, swam swiftly ashore and vanished in the vivid fungous jungle.

  • I shall sing a Song of the Sword, too, should the sword "thrust through the fatuous, thrust through the fungous brood."

  • Felled trunks occasionally lay across it, and alongside were the hollow and fungous boles of trees sawn down in long past years.

    A Laodicean | Thomas Hardy

British Dictionary definitions for fungous


/ (ˈfʌŋɡəs) /

  1. appearing suddenly and spreading quickly like a fungus, but not lasting

  2. a less common word for fungal

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