inky cap

inky cap
any mushroom of the genus Coprinus, esp. C. atramentarius, characterized by gills that disintegrate into blackish liquid after the spores mature.
[1920-25]

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▪ mushroom genus
      any member of a group of about 350 cosmopolitan mushroom species belonging to the order Agaricales (phylum Basidiomycota, kingdom Fungi) named for the disintegration of the mushroom cap into an inklike liquid following spore discharge. The inklike liquid has been used for writing. Inky caps grow on wood and dung. The caps of C. atramentarius and C. comatus (shaggy mane, or shaggy cap) are edible when young, before the gills turn black.

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  • inky cap — n. any of several mushrooms (genus Coprinus) whose cap liquefies and forms an inky material …   English World dictionary

  • inky cap — noun having a cap that melts into an inky fluid after spores have matured • Syn: ↑inky cap mushroom, ↑Coprinus atramentarius • Hypernyms: ↑agaric • Member Holonyms: ↑Coprinus, ↑genus Coprinus …   Useful english dictionary

  • inky-cap mushroom — noun having a cap that melts into an inky fluid after spores have matured • Syn: ↑inky cap, ↑Coprinus atramentarius • Hypernyms: ↑agaric • Member Holonyms: ↑Coprinus, ↑genus Coprinus …   Useful english dictionary

  • inky cap — noun Date: 1923 a mushroom (genus Coprinus, especially C. atramentarius) whose pileus deliquesces into an inky fluid after the spores have matured called also ink cap …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inky cap — ink′y cap n. fng any mushroom of the genus Coprinus, esp. C. atramentarius, characterized by gills that disintegrate into blackish liquid after the spores mature • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • ink cap — inky cap any mushroom of the genus Coprinus …   Medical dictionary

  • ink cap — noun see inky cap …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ink-cap — /ˈɪŋk kæp/ (say ingk kap) noun any of various mushrooms of the genus Coprinus, whose gills disintegrate into blackish liquid after the spores mature, especially C. atramentarius. Also, inky cap …  

  • ink cap — noun : inky cap …   Useful english dictionary

  • inkycap — inky cap n. Any of various mushrooms of the genus Coprinus, having gills that dissolve into a dark liquid after maturation of the spores. * * * …   Universalium

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