n. pl. fun·gi (fŭnjī, fŭnggī) or fun·gus·es
Any of numerous spore-producing eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Fungi, which lack chlorophyll and vascular tissue and range in form from a single cell to a mass of branched filamentous hyphae that often produce specialized fruiting bodies. The kingdom includes the yeasts, smuts, rusts, mushrooms, and many molds, excluding the slime molds and the water molds.
[Latin; perhaps akin to Greek spongos, sphongos, sponge.]
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