One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Belonging or relating to the subfamily Phoenicoideae of palms, comprising the genus Phoenix.
Designating fungi that grow or produce fruiting bodies on substrates that have been subjected to fire or other source of extreme heat.
1970s; earliest use found in American Journal of Botany. From classical Latin phoenīc-, phoenix date palm + -oid, after scientific Latin Phoenicoideae, subfamily name<br>1980s. From classical Latin phoenīc-, phoenīx phoenix + -oid.
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