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FUN'GUS, noun [Latin]

1. A mushroom, vulgarly called a toadstool. The Fungi constitute an order of plants of a peculiar organization and manner of growth. The word is also applied to excrescences on plants.

2. A spungy excrescence in animal bodies as proud flesh formed in wounds.

The term is particularly applied to any morbid excrescence, whether in wounds or arising spontaneously.