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puff·ball

 (pŭf′bôl′)
n.
1. Any of various fungi chiefly of the family Lycoperdaceae, having a ball-shaped fruiting body that when pressed or struck releases clouds of small spores.
2. Informal The rounded head of a dandelion that has gone to seed.

puffball

(ˈpʌfˌbɔːl)
n
(Plants) any of various basidiomycetous saprotrophic fungi of the genera Calvatia and Lycoperdon, having a round fruiting body that discharges a cloud of brown spores when mature

puff•ball

(ˈpʌfˌbɔl)

n.
any of various globular stalkless fungi, of the genus Lycoperdon and allied genera, that emit a cloud of spores when pressed or broken.
[1640–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puffball - any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when maturepuffball - any of various fungi of the family Lycoperdaceae whose round fruiting body discharges a cloud of spores when mature
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
family Lycoperdaceae, Lycoperdaceae - a fungus family belonging to the order Lycoperdales; includes puffballs
Calvatia gigantea, giant puffball - huge edible puffball up to 2 feet diameter and 25 pounds in weight
2.puffball - any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling trufflespuffball - any of various fungi of the genus Scleroderma having hard-skinned subterranean fruiting bodies resembling truffles
genus Scleroderma, Scleroderma - genus of poisonous fungi having hard-skinned fruiting bodies: false truffles
Scleroderma aurantium, Scleroderma citrinum - an earthball fungus that is a dingy brownish yellow and a dark purplish interior; the peridium is covered with a pattern of small warts
Scleroderma flavidium, star earthball - an earthball with a smooth upper surface that is at first buried in sand; the top of the fruiting body opens up to form segments like the ray of an umbel
Scleroderma bovista, smooth earthball - an earthball with a peridium that is firm dry and smooth when young but developing cracks when mature; pale orange-yellow when young and reddish brown at maturity
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
Translations

puffball

[ˈpʌfbɔːl] Nbejín m, pedo m de lobo

puffball

puff-ball [ˈpʌfbɔːl] n (= fungus) → vesse-de-loup f

puffball

[ˈpʌfˌbɔːl] n (mushroom) → vescia
References in classic literature ?
Augustine simply because he wanted to see May, she gave an adipose chuckle and patted his knee with her puff-ball hand.
She raised her face, which gleamed in the twilight like a puff-ball.
I love easily identified morels, chanterelles, boletes, clavarias, hen-of-the-woods, chicken-of-the-woods, suillus and certain puff-balls.