Ag"a*ric [L. agaricum, Gr. , said to be fr. Agara, a town in Sarmatia.]

1. Bot.

A fungus of the genus Agaricus, of many species, of which the common mushroom is an example.


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 or German tinder.

Agaric mineral, a light, chalky deposit of carbonate of lime, sometimes called rock milk, formed in caverns or fissures of limestone.


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