[ puhf-bawl ]
/ ˈpʌfˌbɔl /


any of various basidiomycetous fungi, especially of the genus Lycoperdon and allied genera, characterized by a ball-like fruit body that emits a cloud of spores when broken.

Origin of puffball

First recorded in 1640–50; puff + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for puff-ball


/ (ˈpʌfˌbɔːl) /


any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic fungi of the genera Calvatia and Lycoperdon, having a round fruiting body that discharges a cloud of brown spores when mature
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Word Origin and History for puff-ball



type of fungus, 1640s, from puff + ball (n.1).

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