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  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.
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Origin of puffball

First recorded in 1640–50; puff + ball1
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Examples from the Web for puffball

Historical Examples of puffball

  • 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.


    James Joyce

  • The puffball very quickly increased in size and weight so that it was all the turtle could bear.

British Dictionary definitions for puffball


  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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