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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 ?
To me, away there in my bean-field at the other end of the town, the big guns sounded as if a puffball had burst; and when there was a military turnout of which I was ignorant, I have sometimes had a vague sense all the day of some sort of itching and disease in the horizon, as if some eruption would break out there soon, either scarlatina or canker-rash, until at length some more favorable puff of wind, making haste over the fields and up the Wayland road, brought me information of the "trainers.
The dicovery of Fen Puffball (or Bovista paludosa), only the fifth example of the fungus recorded in the UK, has been heralded as "exciting" by Natural Resources Wales experts.
Fellow judge Alesha Dixon showed off her post-baby body in a striped puffball skirt and white crop top.
Marion Cotillard, left, is wearing a stunning strapless sunflower yellow maxi dress with puffball and sheer panel detail by Christian Dior.
It says right here that there are no poisonous puffballs, and this is a puffball.
HOLD on to your hemlines - puffball skirts have been voted the biggest fashion faux pas of all time.
Her slouchy turns on the red carpet are the stuff of legend, behaving like an adolescent who has been ordered to wear a puffball bridesmaid dress to her auntie's wedding - and don't get me started on the nasty nail varnish and greasy locks.
At just a snippet of the cost, Primark's pounds 15 print dress embraces the same puffball shape and flower design but focuses on one print and collection of colours rather than contrasting several a la Mary K.
Puffball, mini and pencil are all styles of which item of clothing?
Like the wedding dress of simple spaghetti strap design on the bodice with puffball skirts, which helps the bride reveal an elegant and cute look.
Somewhere nestling in the grey landscape is Hadrian's Wall and Housesteads Roman Fort where National Trust ranger James Howard has been safeguarding a calvatia gigantea, or giant puffball.