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meadow mushroom

noun
  1. See under mushroom(def 2).
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Origin of meadow mushroom

First recorded in 1880–85

mushroom

[muhsh-room, -roo m]
noun
  1. any of various fleshy fungi including the toadstools, puffballs, coral fungi, morels, etc.
  2. 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.
  3. anything of similar shape or correspondingly rapid growth.
  4. a large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke or rubble, formed in the atmosphere as a result of an explosion, especially a nuclear explosion.
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adjective
  1. of, consisting of, or containing mushrooms: a mushroom omelet.
  2. resembling a mushroom in shape or form.
  3. of rapid growth and often brief duration: mushroom towns of the gold-rush days.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to spread, grow, or develop quickly.
  2. to gather mushrooms.
  3. to have or assume the shape of a mushroom.
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Origin of mushroom

1350–1400; alteration (by folk etymology) of Middle English muscheron, musseroun < Middle French mousseronLate Latin mussiriōn-, stem of mussiriō
Related formsmush·room·like, adjectivemush·room·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meadow mushroom

meadow mushroom

noun
  1. a saprotrophic agaricaceous edible fungus, Agaricus campestris, having a white cap with pink or brown gills on the underside
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mushroom

noun
    1. the fleshy spore-producing body of any of various basidiomycetous fungi, typically consisting of a cap (pileus) at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium. Some species, such as the field mushroom, are edibleCompare pileus, toadstool
    2. (as modifier)mushroom soup
  1. the fungus producing any of these structures
    1. something resembling a mushroom in shape or rapid growth
    2. (as modifier)mushroom expansion
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verb (intr)
  1. to grow rapidlydemand mushroomed overnight
  2. to assume a mushroom-like shape
  3. to gather mushrooms
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French mousseron, from Late Latin mussiriō, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for meadow mushroom

mushroom

n.

mid-15c., muscheron, musseroun (attested 1327 as a surname, John Mussheron), from Anglo-French musherun, Old French meisseron (11c., Modern French mousseron), perhaps from Late Latin mussirionem (nominative mussirio), though this might as well be borrowed from French. Barnhart says "of uncertain origin." Klein calls it "a word of pre-Latin origin, used in the North of France;" OED says it usually is held to be a derivative of French mousse "moss" (from Germanic), and Weekley agrees, saying it is properly "applied to variety which grows in moss," but Klein says they have "nothing in common." For the final -m Weekley refers to grogram, vellum, venom. Modern spelling is from 1560s.

Used figuratively for something or someone that makes a sudden appearance in full form from 1590s. In reference to the shape of clouds after explosions, etc., it is attested from 1916, though the actual phrase mushroom cloud does not appear until 1955.

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mushroom

v.

"expand or increase rapidly," 1741, from mushroom (n.). Related: Mushroomed; mushrooming.

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meadow mushroom in Science

mushroom

[mŭshrōōm′]
  1. 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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