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Definition of cramp balls in English:

plural noun

A European fungus which produces a shiny spherical black fruiting body on dead or dying wood, especially ash. Also called King Alfred's cakes.
  • Daldinia concentrica, family Xylariaceae, subdivision Ascomycotina
Example sentences
  • Of course, even if you've done as I suggest, your cramp balls can be re-infested at a later date unless stored in a bug-proof container.
  • Daldinia concentrica also known as King Alfred's cakes, cramp balls or coal fungus is one of the more common species.
  • Black cramp balls, or King Alfred's Cakes, pepper the trunk of an old ash.

Origin

so named because it was once believed to be a charm against cramp and ague.

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