One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1With singular or plural concord. The fungal organisms of a particular habitat or location.
2With capital initial and singular or plural concord. A taxon coextensive with the kingdom or division Fungi.
1950s; earliest use found in New Phytologist. From scientific Latin -mycota, ending of names of fungal phyla or divisions from myco- + -ta (in -phyta, ending of names of higher plant taxa from ancient Greek ϕυτά, plural of ϕυτόν plant).
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