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A poisonous toadstool which has a red cap with fluffy white spots, growing particularly among birch trees. It contains hallucinogenic alkaloids and has long been used by the indigenous peoples of NE Siberia.
- ‘The fly agaric or fairy toadstool grows here too, especially under birch along with other woodland fungi.’
- ‘We are walking up a woodland path and pause to look at a group of fly agarics; the red-and-white spotted ones popular with fishing gnomes in the gardens of suburbia.’
- ‘It is possible that hallucinogens, for example fly agaric, were used to bring on this state of mind.’
- ‘Numerous times you have been taken to the intensive care unit for eating fly agaric…’
- ‘I've smoked some before years ago, had the same effect as smoking fly agaric's I thought.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.