|—n , pl fungi, funguses|
|1.||any member of a kingdom of organisms (Fungi) that lack chlorophyll, leaves, true stems, and roots, reproduce by spores, and live as saprotrophs or parasites. The group includes moulds, mildews, rusts, yeasts, and mushrooms|
|2.||something resembling a fungus, esp in suddenly growing and spreading rapidly|
|3.||pathol any soft tumorous growth|
|[C16: from Latin: mushroom, fungus; probably related to Greek spongos|
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