Definition of bolete in US English:


(also boletus)


  • A mushroom or toadstool with pores rather than gills on the underside of the cap. Boletes often have a thick stem, and several kinds are edible.

    Genus Boletus, family Boletaceae, class Basidiomycetes

    See also cep
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If, however, not a soul has come across your plum paste, your Himalayan red rice or your Chilean boletes, you win.’
    • ‘Count the gills under the cap - or in the case of a boletus, the holes.’
    • ‘Double-boiled whole shark's fin soup with matsutake, sauteed scallops with termite mushroom and ginkgo and wok-fired prawns with boletus and almonds are just some of the innovations.’
    • ‘Many boletes are worth eating, but their stems tend to become infested with insects or maggots and often have to be discarded.’
    • ‘His delicious little Wild Mushroom Beignets are for those lucky enough to know where to gather boletuses and horns of plenty.’
    • ‘Then, in April, as morels and king boletes begin to show around Mount Shasta and in the mountains of eastern Oregon, pickers climb into their ‘rigs’ and drive northward again.’
    • ‘The chef has produced a varied menu ranging from boletus cooked in oil to seafood risotto..’


From Latin, from Greek bōlitēs, perhaps from bōlos ‘lump’.