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Definitions of fungi

fungi (ˈfʌŋɡaɪ Pronunciation for fungi ; ˈfʌndʒaɪ Pronunciation for fungi ; ˈfʌndʒɪ Pronunciation for fungi



  1. a plural of fungus

fungus (ˈfʌŋɡəs Pronunciation for fungus



Word forms:   plural fungi  (ˈfʌŋɡaɪ Pronunciation for ; ˈfʌndʒaɪ Pronunciation for ; ˈfʌndʒɪ Pronunciation for 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 Pronunciation for fungic  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 (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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