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noun Mycology.
  1. the membranous envelope that encloses the base of various mushrooms formed when the velum ruptures.
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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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noun plural -vae (-viː) or -vas
  1. botany a cup-shaped structure that sheathes the base of the stalk of certain mushrooms
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Derived Formsvolvate (ˈvɒlvɪt, -veɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin: a covering, from volvere to wrap
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[vŏlvə, vôl-]
  1. A cuplike structure around the base of the stalk of certain basidiomycete fungi.
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