- any zygomycetous fungus of the genus Rhizopus, esp R. nigricans, a bread mould
Word Origin for rhizopus
C19: New Latin, from rhizo- + Greek pous foot
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Historical Examples of rhizopus
Rhizopus necans is sometimes the cause of extensive destruction of bulbs.
- A genus of rot-causing fungi that includes the common bread mold; some species cause mucormycosis in humans.
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