verb (used without object)
- mushroom anchor,
- mushroom cloud,
- mushroom slab construction,
- mushroom ventilator,
Origin of mushroom
Examples from the Web for mushroom
For Iraq, it was the WMDs and the mushroom clouds (and yes, they were lies, people, not intelligence failures).
If you could have a mushroom granola bar a half-hour before you work out, well, that would be ideal.Mushrooms Are Magic for Women Trying to Lose Weight|Liza Gates|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After determining that the bee pollen and mushroom broth were inedible, the “detox” quickly went downhill.
They are specifically designed to ‘flatten out and mushroom’ when striking human tissue, and are intended to cause maximum damage.
Then a 20-story-high mushroom cloud of smoke came rolling up the street toward us.New York Journalists Remember the First Moments of 9/11|Abby Haglage|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The organization had been of mushroom growth and they now had to strengthen it.
Leslie threaded her needle with mauve silk, then took up her mushroom—and her theme—once more.The Boy with Wings|Berta Ruck
A rolled or close-fitting brim is more difficult to cover than a sailor or mushroom shape.Make Your Own Hats|Gene Allen Martin
Cable was bred in the river port when the old part of the city was less like the decaying heart of a mushroom than it is to-day.A History of American Literature|Percy H. Boynton
The active poisonous principle of this mushroom is the helvellic acid, which is soluble in hot water.
- something resembling a mushroom in shape or rapid growth
- (as modifier)mushroom expansion
Word Origin for mushroom
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.
"expand or increase rapidly," 1741, from mushroom (n.). Related: Mushroomed; mushrooming.