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mushroom

mush·room

mushroom

 
 
pronunciation:
muhsh rum
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of numerous edible or poisonous fungi, usu. with a fleshy, umbrella-shaped cap on a thin stalk.
 
similar words:
champignon, fungoid, fungus, morel, puffball, toadstool, truffle
definition 2: something that has the shape of a mushroom or a mushroom cap.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or containing mushrooms.
mushroom soup
definition 2: like a mushroom in shape or rapidity of growth and decay.
a mushroom cloud
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: mushroomed, mushrooming, mushrooms
definition 1: to appear, grow, spread, or develop quickly, like a mushroom.
Video rental stores are mushrooming all over town.
synonyms:
burgeon, proliferate, snowball, sprout
similar words:
appear, boom, emerge, flourish, grow, spring
definition 2: to take on the shape of a mushroom, esp. as a cloud from a nuclear explosion.
similar words:
expand, puff, spread, swell
definition 3: to hunt for wild mushrooms.
derivation: mushroomlike (adj.)
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