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[fuhn-jahy, fuhng-gahy] /ˈfʌn dʒaɪ, ˈfʌŋ gaɪ/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Biology
a taxonomic kingdom, or in some classification schemes a division of the kingdom Plantae, comprising all the fungus groups and sometimes also the slime molds.
Also called Mycota.
Origin of Fungi
< New Latin; see fungus Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for fungis


/ˈfʌŋɡaɪ; ˈfʌndʒaɪ; ˈfʌndʒɪ/
a plural of fungus
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Latin plural of fungus.

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fungis in Medicine

Fungi Fun·gi (fŭn'jī, fŭng'gī)
A kingdom of plantlike sporeforming organisms that grow in irregular masses without roots, stems, leaves, or photosynthetic.

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fungis in Culture
fungi [(fun-jeye, fung-geye)]

sing. fungus

Plantlike organisms lacking chlorophyll, such as mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Modern biologists tend to place fungi in their own kingdom, not in the plant kingdom, because they get their nutrients from other living things (or from the remains of living things that have died) rather than from photosynthesis. (See under “Medicine and Health.”)

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