One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a haemolytic substance (later shown to be a mixture) extracted from the death cap toadstool, Amanita phalloides, and thought to be the poisonous principle of the toadstool. Later (more fully "phallin A", "phallin B", etc.): any of certain cyclic oligopeptides present in this mixture.
Late 19th century. From German Phallin from scientific Latin phall- + German -in.
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.