One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fungus belonging to the Autobasidiomycetes, a former division of the phylum Basidiomycota (the basidiomycetes), including mushrooms, toadstools, and related fungi having an autobasidium.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Mordecai Cooke (1825–1914), naturalist and mycologist. From German Autobasidiomycete from auto- + Basidiomycete.
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