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volva Line breaks: volva
Pronunciation: /ˈvɒlvə/

Definition of volva in English:


(In certain fungi) a veil which encloses the fruiting body, often persisting after rupture as a sheath at the base of the stalk.
Example sentences
  • Amanitas have many superficial resemblances which can confuse amateur mushroom hunters: it is better to avoid veiled mushrooms with bulbed bases or volvas unless you are very experienced with mushrooms.
  • Gomphidius and Chroogomphus species have neither volvas nor skirtlike rings, although most species have a veil when young which leaves a fragmentary ring on the stem of the mushroom as it matures.
  • The saccate volva is attached only near the base of the stem, grayish on the outer surface, and 20-35 mm wide.


Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin volvere 'to roll, wrap round'.

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