Definition of chanterelle in US English:



  • An edible woodland mushroom with a yellow funnel-shaped cap and a faint smell of apricots, found in both Eurasia and North America.

    Cantharellus cibarius, family Cantharellaceae, class Basidiomycetes

    • ‘Wild ceps and chanterelles appear in abundance all over Scotland between August and October if the weather conditions are right, which they certainly are at the moment.’
    • ‘Heat the oil and butter in a medium pan, toss in the chanterelles and potatoes and sauté for two to three minutes.’
    • ‘The soup was filled out with herbs, small carrot batons, thin slices of chanterelles, and translucent slices of turnip.’
    • ‘Between the roots of the oaks in her garden, chanterelles were to be found, with truffles if one were to dig a little and was lucky.’
    • ‘The chanterelle owes its yellow colour to carotene, which yields vitamin A, and also contains vitamin D.’


Late 18th century: from French, from modern Latin cantharellus, diminutive of cantharus, from Greek kantharos, denoting a kind of drinking container.