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[fuhng-guh s]
  1. of, relating to, or caused by fungi; fungal.
  2. of the nature of or resembling a fungus.
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Origin of fungous

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fungōsus fungous, spongy. See fungus, -ous
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Examples from the Web for fungous

Historical Examples of fungous

  • The only fungous disease of the grape troublesome in the greenhouse is mildew.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Bluish light flooded the chamber, dazzling after the fungous dimness.

    When the Sleepers Woke

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • This scab is caused by a fungous growth on the surface of the potato.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • No fungous or other parasite can be detected in the earliest stages.

  • Round, black spots form on the leaves when attacked by the fungous.

British Dictionary definitions for fungous


  1. appearing suddenly and spreading quickly like a fungus, but not lasting
  2. a less common word for fungal
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Word Origin and History for fungous


"spongy," early 15c., from Latin fungosus, from fungus (see fungus).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fungous in Medicine


  1. Variant offungal
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