Definition of puffball in English:


Syllabification: puff·ball
Pronunciation: /ˈpəfˌbôl


1A fungus that produces a spherical or pear-shaped fruiting body that ruptures when ripe to release a cloud of spores.
  • Families Lycoperdaceae, class Gasteromycetes, in particular genus Lycoperdon. See also giant puffball
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  • This class contains the mushrooms, shelf fungi, puffballs, and a variety of other macrofungi.
  • Any fungus of obviously non-mushroom shape, such as the puffball, morel, or truffle, is usually referred to under its own name; but the general remarks on mushrooms here refer to these equally.
  • The fungal kingdom consists of macroscopic fungi (mushrooms, puffballs, and gills) vs. microscopic fungi (yeasts and hyphae).
2The spherical head of a dandelion that has gone to seed.

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