World English Dictionary
fungus (ˈfʌŋɡəs)
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 spongossponge]

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