[ puhf-bawl ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby puffball

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How to use puffball in a sentence

  • Every cloud from a ripe puffball consists of thousands of spores started on the wings of the wind for an unknown journey.

    Seed Dispersal | William J. Beal

British Dictionary definitions for puffball


/ (ˈpʌfˌbɔːl) /

  1. 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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