toadstool


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

mushroom

 [mush´ro̳m]
the fruiting body of any of a variety of fleshy fungi of the order Agaricales, especially one that is edible. Poisonous species are popularly called toadstools.
mushroom poisoning poisoning resulting from ingestion of mushrooms; potentially deadly mushrooms include Amanita phalloides, A. verna, A. virosa, and certain other species that contain neurotoxins. Rapid identification of mushroom poisoning and treatment is critical. According to the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition of the Food and Drug Administration, persons who have ingested poisonous mushrooms and are treated immediately have a mortality rate of 10 per cent, whereas those who are treated 60 or more hours later have a 60 to 90 per cent mortality rate.

toadstool

(tōd′sto͞ol′)
n.
A fungus with an umbrella-shaped fruiting body, especially one thought to be inedible or poisonous.

toadstool

popular name for any of various poisonous mushrooms.

toadstool

the common name for the fruiting bodies of certain fungi of the BASIDIOMYCOTA.

toadstool

name may derive from German todstuhl (for death seat); for poisonous toadstools see ramaria and clavaria.
References in periodicals archive ?
When they went down the garden, they could hear the music, too, They saw the elf playing his violin and the fairy singing on a toadstool.
In winter, air required for warming can then be pumped in from external vents situated inside the toadstools.
In her description of Toadstool, Shea wrote that a visitor could "lose yourself in the dazzling used section, recover while scanning the new titles, reflect over slices of the cafe's heavenly pies.
Toadstool Bookshops (besides Milford, there are Toadstools in Keene and Peterborough), for example, offers a 30 percent discount on current best sellers and big-name authors, and 20 percent off select paperbacks and "Book Sense" selections.
Meanwhile, scientists deep in the African jungle are baffled after discovering an enormous three-foot toadstool.
The varieties include: Mario Punch (red), Luigi Berry (blue), Princess Toadstool Cherry (pink), and Yoshi Apple (green).
Carrying on with the toadstool theme (maybe influenced by last week's midsummer faery
Scientists have found a fatal toadstool that could eliminate the swarms of midges that plague tourists visiting Kielder, in Northumberland.
This is the large toadstool with a red domed cap flecked with white.
They will just love jumping into the football, rocket, toadstool or heart designs.
It's a magical wonderland where children will have an unforgettable journey through Toadstool Village, Santa's workshop and the reindeer stables and see the biggest snowman in the city.