mushroom

Part of speech: adjective

Of or like mushrooms; short lived.

Part of speech: noun

A rapidly growing edible fungus; certain poisonous varieties are called toadstools.

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Usage examples "mushroom":

  1. I came closer and looked carefully at this mushroom growth which had appeared in a single night, and it was then that my eyes began to perceive and my mind to record, things that my reason besought me to reject. - "Edge of the Jungle", William Beebe.
  2. The table was a mushroom, covered with a table- cloth of water- dock leaf, and on it were placed all the delicious dishes of the woods. - "The Butterfly's Ball The Grasshopper's Feast", R.M. Ballantyne.
  3. She was still very young, though her child was about eight; she having been married, so to speak, out of the nursery, a young creature of sixteen, a motherless girl, with no one to investigate too closely into the character of the young lover, who was not much more than a boy himself, and between whom and his girlish bride a hot, foolish young love had sprung up like a mushroom, in a week or two of acquaintance. - "A Country Gentleman and his Family", Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant.