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fly agaric

a very poisonous common woodland mushroom, Amanita muscaria, having a glossy red or orange cap with white spots, formerly a fly poison.
Origin of fly agaric
1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The fly-agaric is quite as poisonous as its more common relative, and is equally to be shunned.

    Health on the Farm H. F. Harris
British Dictionary definitions for fly-agaric

fly agaric

a saprotrophic agaricaceous woodland fungus, Amanita muscaria, having a scarlet cap with white warts and white gills: poisonous but rarely fatal See also amanita
Word Origin
so named from its use as a poison on flypaper
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