Meaning of MUSHROOM in English

n. & v.


1. the usu. edible spore-producing body of various fungi, esp. Agaricus campestris, with a stem and domed cap, proverbial for its rapid growth.

2 the pinkish-brown colour of this.

3 any item resembling a mushroom in shape (darning mushroom).

4 (usu. attrib.) something that appears or develops suddenly or is ephemeral; an upstart.


1. appear or develop rapidly.

2 expand and flatten like a mushroom cap.

3 gather mushrooms.

Phrases and idioms:

mushroom cloud a cloud suggesting the shape of a mushroom, esp. from a nuclear explosion. mushroom growth 1 a sudden development or expansion.

2 anything undergoing this.


mushroomy adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF mousseron f. LL mussirio -onis

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.