One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 north-eastern Siberia.
Amanita muscaria, family Amanitaceae, class Hymenomycetes
- ‘Numerous times you have been taken to the intensive care unit for eating fly agaric…’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I've smoked some before years ago, had the same effect as smoking fly agaric's I thought.’
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