Definition of parasol in English:

parasol

Syllabification: par·a·sol
Pronunciation: /ˈparəˌsôl, -ˌsäl
 
 
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noun

  • 1A light umbrella used to give shade from the sun.
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    • As for the sun, I had a parasol; it shaded my skin from the light.
    • Using the umbrellas as parasols on a warm summer day, we walked up the shrine approach.
    • One team produces a garden parasol to offer shade.
  • 2 (also parasol mushroom) A widely distributed large mushroom with a broad, scaly, grayish-brown cap and a tall, slender stalk, growing typically in grassy places.
    • Genus Lepiota, family Lepiotaceae, class Hymenomycetes: numerous species, especially the edible L. procera
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    • The day of the election I picked and ate a delicious parasol mushroom - three months early.
    • Some small species of parasol mushroom are reputedly harmful, so it is best not to gather any which measure less than 8 cm across the cap unless they have been positively identified.
    • Scotland produces all sorts of edible wild mushrooms - parasols, horse mushrooms, field mushrooms and wood blewits to name but a few - but you must be sure of what they are before eating them or you could end up in hospital or worse.

Origin

early 17th century: from French, from Italian parasole, from para- 'protecting against' + sole 'sun' (from Latin sol).

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