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[ag-uh-rik, uh-gar-ik] /ˈæg ə rɪk, əˈgær ɪk/
any fungus of the family Agaricaceae, including several common edible mushrooms.
Origin of agaric
1525-35; < New Latin Agaricus genus name < Greek agarikós (adj.) pertaining to Agaría, a town in Sarmatis; neuter agarikón used as noun, name of some fungi Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for agaric


/ˈæɡərɪk; əˈɡærɪk/
any saprotrophic basidiomycetous fungus of the family Agaricaceae, having gills on the underside of the cap. The group includes the edible mushrooms and poisonous forms such as the fly agaric
the dried spore-producing bodies of certain fungi, esp Polyphorus officinalis (or Boletus laricis), formerly used in medicine
Derived Forms
agaricaceous (əˌɡærɪˈkeɪʃəs) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon, perhaps named after Agaria, a town in Sarmatia
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agaric in Medicine

agaric ag·a·ric (āg'ər-ĭk, ə-gār'ĭk)

  1. Any of various mushrooms of the genera Agaricus, Fomes, or related genera, having large umbrellalike caps with numerous gills beneath.

  2. The dried fruiting body of certain fungi of the genus Fomes, formerly used to inhibit the production of sweat.

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