A fungus with a fruiting body that resembles a mushroom, having a convex or flattened cap with gills on the underside.
- An agaric, such as the common field mushroom, has gills in the form of fine, radiating ‘plates’.
- Mushroom-forming fungi are referred to as ‘agarics.’
- China tops the world in producing straw mushrooms, tuckahoe, lentinus adodes, agaric, white jelly fungus and hedgehog fungus, Liu added.
Late Middle English (originally denoting various bracket fungi with medicinal or other uses): from Latin agaricum, from Greek agarikon 'tree fungus'.
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