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Definition of "puffball" []

  • Any of various fungi of the genus Lycoperdon and related genera, having a ball-shaped fruiting body that when pressed or struck releases the enclosed spores in puffs of dust. (noun)
  • Informal The rounded head of a dandelion that has gone to seed. (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 "puffball" in a sentence
  • "You both belong to the order of what I call puffball politicians. ""
  • "In stark contrast, was the autumn / winter collection shown by the flamboyant French designer, Christian Lacroix, inventor of the "puffball"."
  • "Tucker continues his column by, once again, raising the issue of Stewart's "puffball" 2004 interview with John Kerry, and continues by criticizing Stewart's interview with Obama in 2008."
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