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Definition of "agaric" []

  • Any of various mushrooms of the genera Agaricus, Fomes, or related genera, having large umbrellalike caps with numerous gills beneath. (noun)
  • The dried fruiting body of certain fungal species in the genus Fomes, formerly used in medicine, especially to inhibit the production of sweat. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "agaric" in a sentence
  • "Let us not be too quick to explain this refusal by the noxious properties of the olive tree agaric, which is said to be extremely poisonous."
  • "At home, we very often make use of the ringed agaric, which is reputed extremely dangerous."
  • "The first is a kind of agaric or mushroom, which grows from the root of the walnut-tree, especially when it is felled."