the membranous envelope that encloses the base of various mushrooms formed when the velum ruptures.
- vol·vate [vol-vit, -veyt], /ˈvɒl vɪt, -veɪt/, adjective
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How to use volva in a sentence
There is no volva, but there is a ring which is sometimes persistent, friable, and fugacious.
There are also variations in the way in which the volva is ruptured, as well as in the character of the stem.
The veil is universal, forming a perfect volva, distinct from the cuticle of the pileus.
The volva is quite thick and frequently the plant, when in the egg state, has the appearance of a phalloid.
The stem is white, smooth, volva split to the base into four nearly equal segments.
British Dictionary definitions for volva
botany a cup-shaped structure that sheathes the base of the stalk of certain mushrooms
- volvate (ˈvɒlvɪt, -veɪt), adjective
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Scientific definitions for volva
A cuplike structure around the base of the stalk of certain basidiomycete fungi.
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