A fungus with a fruiting body that resembles the ordinary mushroom, having a convex or flattened cap with gills on the underside.
- ‘China tops the world in producing straw mushrooms, tuckahoe, lentinus adodes, agaric, white jelly fungus and hedgehog fungus, Liu added.’
- ‘An agaric, such as the common field mushroom, has gills in the form of fine, radiating ‘plates’.’
- ‘It is, however, to the latter, to the lowly and ugly agarics, that nations with timorous taste buds limit their knowledge and appetite, so that to the Anglo-American lay mind the aristocratic boletes are, at best, reformed toadstools.’
- ‘Mushroom-forming fungi are referred to as ‘agarics.’’
- ‘The poorer individuals, none the less anxious to use the agaric, were often frustrated by the cost and limited supply of the plants.’
Late Middle English (originally denoting various bracket fungi with medicinal or other uses): from Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon tree fungus.