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Definitions of fungi

fungi (ˈfʌŋɡaɪ ; ˈfʌndʒaɪ ; ˈfʌndʒɪ



  1. a plural of fungus

fungus (ˈfʌŋɡəs



Word forms:   plural fungi  (ˈfʌŋɡaɪ ; ˈfʌndʒaɪ ; ˈfʌndʒɪ or funguses
  1. any member of a kingdom of organisms (Fungi) that lack chlorophyll, leaves, true stems, and roots, reproduce by spores, and live as saprotrophs or parasites. The group includes moulds, mildews, rusts, yeasts, and mushrooms
  2. something resembling a fungus, esp in suddenly growing and spreading rapidly
  3. (pathology) any soft tumorous growth

Derived Forms

fungic (ˈfʌndʒɪk   adjective
ˈfungus-ˌlike  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin: mushroom, fungus; probably related to Greek spongos sponge


View thesaurus entry
= mould, mushroom, decay, mildew, toadstool

fungi- or or (before a vowel) fung-


combining form

  1. fungus   ⇒  ■ fungicide,   ⇒  ■ fungoid

Example Sentences Including 'fungi'

The only light, a sickly blue glow, oozed from phosphorescent mosses and fungi , gathered into baskets and hung from iron pegs in the wall.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
The mushrooms looked odd as well, but surely the Reverend Bliss's followers must know their fungi.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
The chamber was pitch-dark; he could guess that the fungi had given up the last of their stored sunlight some time before.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War


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