Share this entry

Share this page

elf cup

Line breaks: elf cup
(also scarlet elf cup)

Definition of elf cup in English:

noun

A fungus of decaying wood, producing small groups of shallow short-stemmed cups with a scarlet interior, found in both Eurasia and North America.
  • Sarcoscypha coccinea, family Sarcosomataceae, subdivision Ascomycotina
Example sentences
  • Peter James takes us on a tour through the enthralling world of scarlet elf cups, death caps and King Alfred's cakes.
  • The scarlet elf cup, Sarcoscypha coccinea, is one of the most eye-catching edible fungi.
  • From the photo it is pretty obvious that the cup fungus pictured is the Scarlet Cup.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence