- 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
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It is called the puffball in English, but its French name is the vesse-de-loup.The Life of the Fly
J. Henri Fabre
Then the puffball became as light as a feather and turned black.
So he took the puffball back and showed it to the young man.
As he set foot on O'Connell bridge a puffball of smoke plumed up from the parapet.Ulysses
The puffball very quickly increased in size and weight so that it was all the turtle could bear.
- 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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