[ vol-vuh ]
/ ˈvɒl və /

noun Mycology.

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

Nearby words

  1. voluptuous,
  2. volute,
  3. volute spring,
  4. volutin,
  5. volution,
  6. volvelle,
  7. volvent,
  8. volvox,
  9. volvulosis,
  10. volvulus

Origin of volva

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for volva


/ (ˈvɒlvə) /

noun plural -vae (-viː) or -vas

botany a cup-shaped structure that sheathes the base of the stalk of certain mushrooms
Derived Formsvolvate (ˈvɒlvɪt, -veɪt), adjective

Word Origin for volva

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

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Science definitions for volva


[ vŏlvə, vôl- ]

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