One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fungus with a fruiting body that resembles the ordinary mushroom, having a convex or flattened cap with gills on the underside.
Order Agaricales, class Basidiomycetes, in particular the mushroom family Agaricaceae
- ‘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.’’
- ‘China tops the world in producing straw mushrooms, tuckahoe, lentinus adodes, agaric, white jelly fungus and hedgehog fungus, Liu added.’
- ‘The poorer individuals, none the less anxious to use the agaric, were often frustrated by the cost and limited supply of the plants.’
- ‘An agaric, such as the common field mushroom, has gills in the form of fine, radiating ‘plates’.’
Late Middle English (originally denoting various bracket fungi with medicinal or other uses): from Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon ‘tree fungus’.
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