Definition of coral fungus in US English:

coral fungus


  • A fungus that produces a fruiting body composed of upright branching fingerlike projections that resemble coral, found in both Eurasia and North America.

    Clavulina, Ramaria, and other genera, several families, class Basidiomycetes

    • ‘This coral fungus is easy to recognize by the crown-shaped branch tips.’
    • ‘Some of them used to be collected and consumed in the past: cauliflower fungus, toothed coral fungus and morels.’
    • ‘This coral fungus or coral mushroom is appropriately named because it looks like coral from the ocean floor.’
    • ‘This ghostly white specimen is Clavaria fragilis, a coral fungus - so named for its resemblance to the skeletons of undersea creatures.’
    • ‘The delicate, fragile nature of the coral fungus is the easiest way to distinguish it from a jelly fungus.’
    • ‘In spite of its bright color, this small, delicate coral fungus could be easily overlooked by the unobservant forest traveler.’