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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'

Arsenic facts: * CCA is intended to protect wood from dry rot, fungi , moulds and other pests.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Infections of this sort may involve bacteria, fungi viruses or protozoa.
Chaitow, Leon The Beat Fatigue Workbook - how to identify the causes
Plants that don't interbreed can still exchange DNA using go-betweens such as fungi , viruses or aphids, new research suggests.
New Scientist (1998)
Tests had also found other toxic fungi growing with stachybotrys.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
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
The event programme ranges from theatre to carol-singing, from fungi gathering to fun runs.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The mushrooms looked odd as well, but surely the Reverend Bliss's followers must know their fungi.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets
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


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