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[puhf-bawl] /ˈpʌfˌbɔl/
any of various basidiomycetous fungi, especially of the genus Lycoperdon and allied genera, characterized by a ball-like fruit body that emits a cloud of spores when broken.
Origin of puffball
1640-50; puff + ball1 Unabridged
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  • A hail of tiny bullets rattled against the panel, and exploded, each in a puffball of flame.

    Pirates of the Gorm Nat Schachner
  • It is called the puffball in English, but its French name is the vesse-de-loup.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • In the light of dawn the deadly red haze was forming once more over the puffball plain.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • So he took the puffball back and showed it to the young man.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • All varieties of puffball with a pure white interior are harmless, if eaten before becoming crumbly and powdery.

  • As he set foot on O'Connell bridge a puffball of smoke plumed up from the parapet.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Then the puffball became as light as a feather and turned black.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • The puffball very quickly increased in size and weight so that it was all the turtle could bear.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • It was as if each man at every step crushed with his toe a puffball that discharged its powdery particles upward into his face.

    Back Home Irvin S. Cobb
  • In a night a puffball will grow prodigiously, and in the same short period a mass of paste may be covered with mould.

    Fungi: Their Nature and Uses Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for puffball


any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic fungi of the genera Calvatia and Lycoperdon, having a round fruiting body that discharges a cloud of brown spores when mature
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