One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An edible mushroom with a white cap and brown gills, smelling strongly of aniseed and found in woodland in both Eurasia and North America.
- ‘First to arrive was a tray of yellow dumplings stuffed with a feathery mixture of wood mushrooms and slivers of carrot.’
- ‘Close relations of the field mushroom include A. arvensis, the horse mushroom; A. silvaticus, the wood mushroom; and A. augustus, the prince.’
- ‘I delight in her new images, particularly the sly one with a wood mushroom and flower.’
- ‘But the dish itself - with the hen and the apricot sauce and the wood mushrooms - was, again, heavenly.’
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