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Lycoperdon

(lī'kō-per'don),
A genus of fungi (family Lycoperdaceae), some species of which have been used medicinally, for example, in alternative medicine, by nasal inhalation to treat epistaxis. The spores of Lycoperdon bovista (Lycoperdon gemmatum, Lycoperdon caelatum) and of Lycoperdon pyriforme may rarely produce lycoperdonosis.
Synonym(s): puffball
[G. lykos, wolf, + perdomai, to break wind]

puffball

(pŭf′bôl′)
n.
1. Any of various fungi chiefly of the family Lycoperdaceae, having a ball-shaped fruiting body that when pressed or struck releases clouds of small spores.
2. Informal The rounded head of a dandelion that has gone to seed.
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Rather, I prefer to present issues I see with puffball filler loads that don't have to ring a chamber to trigger my ballistician's red flag.
"Such is its rarity that the Fen Puffball is named on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities list as a UK priority conservation species.
There, in a book I had not seen before, was a picture of a giant puffball in the woods and right beside it a picture of the smaller, false puffball in a grassy field with the word Poisonous across it and a caption that read, "Symptoms are nausea, chills, headaches, fever, and general feeling of ill health.
Who hasn't delighted in booting a puffball and watching it burst?
Butcher Henry Walton, above left, had "never seen anything like it" and displayed the puffball on his counter, where it was examined and handled by locals.
With major cult status cringing to nearly all the films from his first 15 years as director, there's considerable fan curiosity surrounding Nicolas Roeg's first feature since the 1996 telepic "Samson and Delilah." But "Puffball" turns out to be all too aptly named--a misshapen whatsit with nothing very substantial inside.
The outside of the pillow is filled with a polyester fiber and the inner core pocket is filled with a down, alternative puffball. "This gives the customer the adjustability and loft of down alternative fiber while the bonded fiber creates a smooth sleep surface, more support and a finished/even look to the product at retail.
Once you bring your puffball harvest home--this is important--cut each puffball from top to bottom in slices, as you would a loaf of bread.
While Morris was enchanting Brussels audiences (where the work was premiered in 1991) with the hippie-dippie "happening" party scene, puffball snowflakes, and pollinating flowers, Adventures in Motion Pictures, a young London contemporary dance company, was preparing to give Drosselmeier and Sugar Plum the once-over.
Puffball (1980), a novel about motherhood, combines supernatural elements with technical information about pregnancy.
During April 8-14, 1994, eight persons aged 16-19 years from southeastern Wisconsin visited physicians for respiratory illness associated with inhalation of Lycoperdon perlatum (i.e., puffball mushrooms).
Time magazine should be ashamed of its puffball handling of Bobby Ray Inman, painted as an organizational and military wunderkind with nary a political bone in his body.