One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Resembling an erect penis; (Mycology) denoting fungi of the order Phallales.
Mycology. A fungus of the order Phallales.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Robert Mayne (1808–1868). From phallus + -oid, originally after post-classical Latin phalloides phallus-like, used specifically of fungi from ancient Greek ϕαλλός penis + post-classical Latin -oides.
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