earthball
earthball earth"ball` n. any of various fungi of the genus {Scleroderma} having hard-skinned subterranean trufflelike fruiting bodies.

Syn: earth-ball, false truffle. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • earthball — noun any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles • Syn: ↑false truffle, ↑puffball, ↑hard skinned puffball • Hypernyms: ↑fungus • Hyponyms: ↑Scleroderma citrinum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • smooth earthball — noun an earthball with a peridium that is firm dry and smooth when young but developing cracks when mature; pale orange yellow when young and reddish brown at maturity • Syn: ↑Scleroderma bovista • Hypernyms: ↑earthball, ↑false truffle, ↑puffball …   Useful english dictionary

  • star earthball — noun an earthball with a smooth upper surface that is at first buried in sand; the top of the fruiting body opens up to form segments like the ray of an umbel • Syn: ↑Scleroderma flavidium • Hypernyms: ↑earthball, ↑false truffle, ↑puffball, ↑hard …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scleroderma citrinum — Scientific classification Kingdom: Fungi Division …   Wikipedia

  • false truffle — noun 1. any of various fungi of the family Rhizopogonaceae having subterranean fruiting bodies similar to the truffle • Hypernyms: ↑fungus • Hyponyms: ↑Rhizopogon idahoensis, ↑Truncocolumella citrina • Member Holonyms: ↑Rhizopogonaceae, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • genus Scleroderma — noun genus of poisonous fungi having hard skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles • Syn: ↑Scleroderma • Hypernyms: ↑fungus genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Sclerodermataceae, ↑family Sclerodermataceae • …   Useful english dictionary

  • hard-skinned puffball — noun any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles • Syn: ↑earthball, ↑false truffle, ↑puffball • Hypernyms: ↑fungus • Hyponyms: ↑Scleroderma citrinum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • puffball — noun 1. any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when mature • Syn: ↑true puffball • Hypernyms: ↑fungus • Hyponyms: ↑giant puffball, ↑Calvatia gigantea …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scleroderma — noun genus of poisonous fungi having hard skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles • Syn: ↑genus Scleroderma • Hypernyms: ↑fungus genus • Member Holonyms: ↑Sclerodermataceae, ↑family Sclerodermataceae …   Useful english dictionary

  • Scleroderma bovista — noun an earthball with a peridium that is firm dry and smooth when young but developing cracks when mature; pale orange yellow when young and reddish brown at maturity • Syn: ↑smooth earthball • Hypernyms: ↑earthball, ↑false truffle, ↑puffball,… …   Useful english dictionary

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