One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in certain fungi) a veil which encloses the fruiting body, often persisting after rupture as a sheath at the base of the stalk.
- ‘Gomphidius and Chroogomphus species have neither volvas nor skirtlike rings, although most species have a veil when young which leaves a fragmentary ring on the stem of the mushroom as it matures.’
- ‘The saccate volva is attached only near the base of the stem, grayish on the outer surface, and 20-35 mm wide.’
- ‘Volvariella is the third genus in which one encounters an obvious volva in the gilled fungi.’
- ‘Amanita fulva is tawny and has a volva that is not constricted and often stains rusty brown.’
- ‘Amanitas have many superficial resemblances which can confuse amateur mushroom hunters: it is better to avoid veiled mushrooms with bulbed bases or volvas unless you are very experienced with mushrooms.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin volvere ‘to roll, wrap round’.
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