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mushroom cloud
detonation of nuclear bomb Baker during Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll
July 25, 1946

mushroom cloud

n.
A cloud of smoke and debris shaped like a mushroom, especially one created by the detonation of a nuclear bomb.

mushroom cloud

n
(Nuclear Physics) the large mushroom-shaped cloud of dust, debris, etc produced by a nuclear explosion

mush•room

(ˈmʌʃ rum, -rʊm)
n.
1. any of various fleshy fungi, including the toadstools, puffballs, coral fungi, and morels.
3. anything of similar shape or correspondingly rapid growth.
4. a large, mushroom-shaped cloud of smoke or rubble, formed in the atmosphere as a result of an explosion, esp. a nuclear explosion.
v.i.
5. to spread, grow, or develop quickly.
6. to gather mushrooms.
7. to assume the shape of a mushroom.
[1560–65; alter. (by folk etym.) of late Middle English muscheron, musseroun < Middle French mousseron « Late Latin mussiriōn-, s. of mussiriō]
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Noun1.mushroom cloud - a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)mushroom cloud - a large cloud of rubble and dust shaped like a mushroom and rising into the sky after an explosion (especially of a nuclear bomb)
cloud - any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible
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mushroom cloud

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mushroom cloud

nfungo di un'esplosione nucleare
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