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1. (Science: botany) a fungus of the genus ag, of many species, of which the common mushroom is an example.

2. An old name for severwal species of polyporus, corky fungi growing on decaying wood.

The female agaric (polyporus officinalic) was renowned as a cathartic; the male agaric (polyporus igniarius) is used for preparing touchwood, called punk of german tinder. Agaric mineral, a light, chalky deposit of carbonate of lime, sometimes called rock milk, formed in caverns or fissures of limestone.

Origin: L. Agaricum, gr, said to be fr. Agara, a town in Sarmatia.

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