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MUSHROOM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mushroom mean? 

MUSHROOM (noun)
  The noun MUSHROOM has 4 senses:

1. common name for an edible agaric (contrasting with the inedible toadstool)
2. any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium
3. a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)
4. fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi

  Familiarity information: MUSHROOM used as a noun is uncommon.


MUSHROOM (verb)
  The verb MUSHROOM has 2 senses:

1. pick or gather mushrooms
2. grow and spread fast

  Familiarity information: MUSHROOM used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MUSHROOM (noun)


Sense 1mushroom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Common name for an edible agaric (contrasting with the inedible toadstool)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("mushroom" is a kind of...):

agaric (a saprophytic fungus of the order Agaricales having an umbrellalike cap with gills on the underside)

Antonym:

toadstool (common name for an inedible or poisonous agaric (contrasting with the edible mushroom))


Sense 2mushroom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of various fleshy fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota consisting of a cap at the end of a stem arising from an underground mycelium

Classified under:

Nouns denoting plants

Hypernyms ("mushroom" is a kind of...):

basidiomycete; basidiomycetous fungi (any of various fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "mushroom"):

morel (any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella having a brownish spongelike cap)


Sense 3mushroom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

mushroom cloud; mushroom-shaped cloud; mushroom

Hypernyms ("mushroom" is a kind of...):

cloud (any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible)


Sense 4mushroom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fleshy body of any of numerous edible fungi

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("mushroom" is a kind of...):

vegetable; veggie (edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant)

Holonyms ("mushroom" is a part of...):

stuffed mushroom (mushrooms stuffed with any of numerous mixtures of e.g. meats or nuts or seafood or spinach)


MUSHROOM (verb)


Sense 1mushroom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pick or gather mushrooms

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

We went mushrooming in the Fall

Hypernyms (to "mushroom" is one way to...):

cull; pick; pluck (look for and gather)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

In the summer they like to go out and mushroom


Sense 2mushroom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Grow and spread fast

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The problem mushroomed

Hypernyms (to "mushroom" is one way to...):

grow (become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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