What does the word mushroom mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant