[ vol-vuh ]

  1. the membranous envelope that encloses the base of various mushrooms formed when the velum ruptures.

Origin of volva

1745–55; <Latin: covering, akin to volvere to roll, wrap

Other words from volva

  • vol·vate [vol-vit, -veyt], /ˈvɒl vɪt, -veɪt/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for volva


/ (ˈvɒlvə) /

nounplural -vae (-viː) or -vas
  1. botany a cup-shaped structure that sheathes the base of the stalk of certain mushrooms

Origin of volva

C18: from Latin: a covering, from volvere to wrap

Derived forms of volva

  • volvate (ˈvɒlvɪt, -veɪt), adjective

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Scientific definitions for volva


[ vŏlvə, vôl- ]

  1. A cuplike structure around the base of the stalk of certain basidiomycete fungi.

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