Definition of russula in English:


Syllabification: rus·su·la
Pronunciation: /ˈrəs(y)ələ


  • A widespread woodland toadstool that typically has a brightly colored flattened cap and a white stem and gills.
    • Genus Russula, family Russulaceae, class Hymenomycetes: numerous species. See also sickener ( sense 2)
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    • Most russulas are of medium size, up to 10 cm across the cap, which in young specimens is convex but later acquires a depression in the centre.
    • Slowly, I learn to sniff the nuances: funnel caps have a hint of wet dog; truffle-like earthballs have a tang of burnt rubber; crab russula is redolent of shellfish; yellow sulphur mushrooms remind me of the Thames on a hot day.


modern Latin, from Latin russus 'red' (because many, such as the sickener, have a red cap).

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